‘Though many blandly assert that gender is socially constructed, few really understand how. In this insightful work, Jennifer Coates takes us inside, deep inside, the construction of masculinities and enables us to watch them in the process of their construction, as men use language to create gendered meanings and hierarchies, and are, in turn, made by those very meanings.’ Michael Kimmel, SUNY at Stony Brook and author of The Gendered Society ‘Men Talk is the first in–depth study of all–male conversations. Coates’s book takes a fresh look at the way in which men′s use of language helps to maintain, and sometimes challenge, traditional gender boundaries.’ Sally Johnson, Lancaster University "Very readable, grounded in data, with the chapters very logically and clearly linked, providing a degree of overall coherence that is often missing in books of this kind...[the book contains a] wealth of detail and careful empirical analysis." Discourse and Society
From the Back Cover
What is men′s talk like? If the stereotypes are to be believed, either men are the strong and silent type or they talk compulsively and competitively about sport, cars and drinking exploits. Are these stereotypes accurate? Do men talk differently when they are with other men rather than in mixed company? And does all–male talk differ from all–female talk? Men Talk draws on rich conversational material from a wide range of contexts to answer these questions and illuminate our understanding of men and masculinities at the turn of the millennium. Coates examines spontaneous conversations involving all–male groups ranging from garage mechanics on a break, to carpenters at the pub after work, to university academics chatting at work after hours, as well as a variety of mixed groups. The focus of the book is the stories that occur within these conversations. Men Talk makes a distinctive contribution to our understanding of the intersection of language and masculinity.