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The Silent SexGender, Deliberation, and Institutions$
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Christopher F. Karpowitz and Tali Mendelberg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159751

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159751.001.0001

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Unpacking the Black Box of Interaction

Unpacking the Black Box of Interaction

(p.200) Chapter 8 Unpacking the Black Box of Interaction
The Silent Sex

Christopher F. Karpowitz

Tali Mendelberg

Princeton University Press

This chapter analyzes one more way that a person can instantiate power through speech—interruptions of other speakers and the responses to those interruptions. The way in which participants interact while speaking may enhance or undermine women's status in deliberation. Gendered roles and expectations construct women's speech as less authoritative to begin with. The chapter presents the nature of interaction between speakers to illuminate how gender affects women's relative authority—that is, their symbolic representation in discussion. However, women's authority may derive not only from power but also from warmth. Speech is not only a means to power, it can also establish social connection and solidarity. Social interaction is a crucial means for creating a sense of warmth and personal acceptance.

Keywords:   speech, international speakers, deliberation, solidarity

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