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Nov 01, 2008 Tiny Pants rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sociologists and others interested in education, development, and gender
I give the people who worked on this project much credit for spending three years -- years, people! -- listening to and observing Indiana middle schoolers' cafeteria talk. While so much of their talk sounds utterly mundane (or profane, depending how you look at it), these authors' continued observation allowed them to find the patterns in how styles of everyday talk like insults, group storytelling, and gossip contribute to adolescents' gender identity projects. Particularly interesting as well ...more