Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


7 November 2018

Fabio Ferraz de Almeida, Jack Joyce & Bogdana Huma - Mansplaining? Categories, Knowledge & Action

Presented By DARG
  • B1.14 Brockington Building

About this event

"This session focuses on what constitutes members understanding of ‘mansplaining’, for this we’ll bring along two examples, one from the UK’s parliament and the other from an Australian committee.

The affix -splain usually denotes some explanation delivered in a condescending manner to members of a particular group who are more likely to more fully understand the particular topic. Our focus then, is members’ own use of ‘mansplaining’ and how its use concerns some trouble with intersubjectivity (and is thus produced to demonstrate a speakers’ own disposition to the target explanation), or how its use concerns some category ascription in and through an accusation.

Additionally, the aim is to provide an empirically-grounded understanding of members’ own usage of ‘mansplaining’; how it is occasioned in talk-in-interaction and how members treat an accusation of mansplaining in the following turns. This is in response to work done within Critical Discourse Analysis and metapragmatics which has focused on mansplaining on social media, and as a gendered term which is determined to be challenging certain power relations."

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