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Incomprehensible language?: Language, ethnicity and heterosexual masculinity in a Swedish school
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2011 (English)In: Gender and Language, ISSN 1747-6321, Vol. 5, no 2, 241-269 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the Swedish context, the discursive regime about linguistic phenomena is characterized by a 'matrix of intelligibility' (Butler 1999) that promotes images of linguistic practices among adolescents in the suburbs not only as deviant and incomprehensible, but also as essentialized traits of ethnic Otherness, social and educational problems and, more rcently, of an agressive masculinity embodied in sexist and homophobic behaviour. Unlike dominant media representations which depict such linguistic practices as unintelligible as well as inherently sexist and homophobic, the aim of present article is to take a queer stance and illustrate how ethnic insults, gay innuendos and mysoginist talk are meaningful in the sense that they constitute a rich pool of interactional resources that allow the young men in our study to actively partake in the negotiation of a 'local masculine order' (Evaldsson 2005) in which positions of power, authority and solidarity are enacted and/or contested.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Equinox Publishing, 2011. Vol. 5, no 2, 241-269 p.
Keyword [en]
Ethnicity, Homophobia, Langugage ideology, masculinity, queer, sexism
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Child and Youth Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-66428OAI: diva2:467918
Stökiga pojkar? Offentliga och lokala berättelser om ordningsstörande pojkar i skolan
Available from: 2011-12-20 Created: 2011-12-20 Last updated: 2012-04-17Bibliographically approved

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