Previous research shows how members within communities display their identity and hierarchical position through language. In the last two decades scholars have focused on high school women and grade school girls as research subjects, but have not yet studied if the deconstruction of stereotypes through what has been deemed "nerdy practices" by researchers exists in adults. This research study examines the connection between joking, footing, stance, hierarchy, and literacy practices among a group of all female "nerds." It focuses on a small community of women linked by their shared practice of attending college together, frequent daily interactions, and multi modal written communication. A community of practice approach is used, alongside an ethnographic methodology to see how group hierarchy and identity are reflected in the language practices of humor and swearing.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Linguistics, Cultural anthropology, Sociolinguistics|
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