Differences that Make a Difference: Examining the Assumptions in Gender Research

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Lynn H. Turner, Helen M. Sterk
Bergin & Garvey, Jan 1, 1994 - Social Science - 230 pages
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Joining the debate on gender differences, this book presents a cross-section of current research in communication, language, and gender studies. The first part presents studies that ask how women and men differ on a range of communication variables and suggest reasons for these differences. The second part offers a variety of critiques of masculine cultural hegemony. The third part envisions how gender differences may be reconceptualized in order to open key cultural institutions to honor both women and men. Taken as a whole, the chapters inform one another in a creative, dialectical tension. Examining what researchers mean by gender differences and values implicit in the term is critical to understanding current trends in gender studies.

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About the author (1994)

Lynn H. Turner is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Marquette University. She is current President of National Communication Association. Lynn received her B.A from University of Illinois, her M.A. from University of Iowa and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. At Marquette she currently teaches interpersonal communication at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, among other courses. Her research areas of emphasis include interpersonal, gender, and family communication. She is the co-author or co-editor of over 10 books as well as several articles and book chapters. Her articles have appeared in many journals including: Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Women and Language, and Western Journal of Communication. Her books include: From the Margins to the Center: Contemporary Women and Political Communication (co-authored with Patricia Sullivan; Praeger, 1996; recipient of the 1997 Best Book Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender [OSCLG]), Gender in Applied Communication Contexts (co-edited with Patrice Buzzanell and Helen Sterk; Sage, 2004), Introducing Communication Theory (2003) and Perspectives on Family Communication (2002) (both co-authored with Richard West.). She was the recipient of the College of Communication outstanding research award in 1999. She has served in a number of different positions: Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Communication at Marquette University; President of OSCLG, President of Central States Communication Association (CSCA), and Chairperson of the Family Communication Division for the National Communication Association, and she has planned several conferences for OSCLG and CSCA.

Helen Sterk (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Director of the Gender Studies Minor at Calvin College. She was appointed to Calvin College's William Spoelhof Teacher Scholar Chair in 1997. Dr. Sterk has written widely on rhetoric, feminism, gender, and popular culture and has co-authored or co-edited several books, including her most recent collaboration, Who's Having This Baby? Perspectives on Birthing (Michigan State University Press, 2002), as well as "Differences That Make a Difference" (edited with Lynn Turner; Bergin & Garvey, 1994) and "Constructing and Reconstructing Gender" (edited with Linda A. M. Perry and Lynn Turner; State University of New York Press, 1992). Her work has been published in journals, such as the "Western Journal of Communication" and the "Journal of Communication", and in edited collections, such as "Evaluating Women s Health Messages: A Resourcebook" (SAGE, 1996) and "In My Father s House: Rhetoric and Religion in the Post-Modern South" (University of Alabama Press, forthcoming). She currently serves on three editorial boards. She also has served as President for the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender and the Religious Communication Association, as Chapter President for the American Association of University Professors, and as a member of the state executive board for the AAUP (Michigan).

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