Deborah cameron good to talk

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Good to Talk?: Living and Working in a Communication Culture by Deborah Cameron

Its good to talk is one of the great clich[ac]es of our time. The benefits of talk to individuals, families and organizations are proclaimed by pop psychologists, television talk show hosts, and management gurus. The importance of talk is talked about endlessly.

Good to Talk? is an attempt to look critically at what lies behind this upsurge of concern about talk in our workplaces, classrooms and private lives, and it places these developments in historical context and relates their forms to the broader economic and social changes associated with globalization.

The book also poses questions about the social and political implications of talking about talking. Is `communication the key to solving the
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For a start she says such claims ignore the fact that there is as much variation within each gender group as there is between them. Of course, gender difference whether real or invented makes better news than gender similarity. Cameron dismisses these claims fairly convincingly, exposing most of them as either fraudulent or exaggerated.
Deborah Cameron

Good to Talk?: Living and Working in a Communication Culture

In I published The Myth of Mars and Venus , a general-interest book about language and gender differences, parts of which were serialized in The Guardian newspaper. The non-academic groups I have been invited to talk to or write for on language-related subjects include school teachers and A level students, architects, experts in health and social care, market researchers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and the cast of an RSC production of The Taming of the Shrew. I have a blog called ' Language: a feminist guide ', and occasionally I perform as a linguistic stand up comedian. Skip to main content. Worcester College.

In it, Gray says that the "original" Martians and Venusians communicated without difficulty, because they knew their languages were mutually incomprehensible. Modern men and women, by contrast, are under the illusion that they speak the same language. But though the words they use may be the same, their meanings for each sex are different. The result is that men and women often do not understand one another. The idea that men and women metaphorically "speak different languages" is not, of course, new, but the myth of Mars and Venus has given it new currency and legitimacy. What was once just a metaphor has acquired the status of literal, scientific truth.

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These explain that the gulf between men and women is a product of nature, not nurture. The sexes communicate differently and women do it better because of the way their brains are wired. The female brain excels in verbal tasks whereas the male brain is better adapted to visual-spatial and mathematical tasks. Women like to talk; men prefer action to words. Writers in this vein are fond of presenting themselves as latter-day Galileos, braving the wrath of the political correctness lobby by daring to challenge the feminist orthodoxy that denies that men and women are by nature profoundly different.

Cameron is mainly interested in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. A large part of her academic research is focused on the relationship of language to gender and sexuality. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people with the same name, see Deborah Cameron. Basic concepts.


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