Outside in-group and out-group identities? Constructing male solidarity and female exclusion in UK builders’ talk

Abstract

This article examines the spoken interactions of a group of British construction workers to discover whether it is possible to identify a distinctive ‘builders’ discourse’. Given that builders work for a mostly all-male profession (Curjao, 2006), we ask whether the ways in which male builders converse with each other while ‘on the job’ can be held in any way responsible for the under-representation of women within this major occupational sector in the UK. This article reports on a case study of the conversations of three white, working-class, male builders, which took place while travelling in a truck between different building sites. This forms part of a larger ethnographic study of builders’ discourse in different work locations. The analysis shows that male builders are highly collaborative in constructing narratives of in-group and out-group identities (Duszak, 2002; Tajfel, 1978). Various other male groups are demonized in these conversations: Polish immigrant builders, rude clients and rival builders. However, there is almost no reference to women. The article concludes that women are viewed as so unthreatening to male ascendancy in the building industry that they do not even feature within the ‘out-group’.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0957926509104021
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College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA)
Uncontrolled Keywords: collaborative talk,construction of identities,exclusion,in-groups/out-groups,masculinities,solidarity,Sociology and Political Science,Communication
Publication ISSN: 1460-3624
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 07:08
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 17:53
Full Text Link: http://das.sage ... stract/20/4/411
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2009-07
Authors: Baxter, Judith A. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7092-1732)
Wallace, Kieran

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