Lecture 11 language and power

To take up time speaking in a small group is to

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Unformatted text preview: themselves. To take up time speaking in a small group is to exercise power over the other members for at least the duration of the time taken, regardless of the content. . . . Within the small group the time taken by a given member in a given session is practically a direct index of the amount of power he [or she] has attempted to exercise in that period (emphasis added). Language Depoliticizes Power FaceFace-ism: Brooke and Ng (1986) speaking turns and not powerful/powerless language related to emergence of influence hierarchy Reid & Ng (2000) speaking turns in intergroup social context—people who context— emerge as influential use prototypical utterances Ratio of head to body in images is larger for men: i.e., there is a (sometimes) subtle emphasis on men’s faces and on women’s bodies. 2 Language and Masking Archer, Iritani, Kimes, & Barrios (1983): (1) 1750 photos in Time, Newsweek, Ms. . . (2) 3500 pictures from 13 other publications in 11 other countries in 11 other countries (3) 920 portraits 15th to 20th cent...
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