PsychNology Journal, Volume 4, Number 1, 25 – 52

Stereotypes and Gender Identity in Italian and Chilean Chat Line Rooms

Francesca Cilento Ibarra
Licent, Dept. of Psychology,Università Cattolica, Milano (Italy)

Carlo Galimberti
Licent, Dept. of Psychology,Università Cattolica, Milano (Italy)

 

ABSTRACT

This work is an attempt to analyzed how men and women communicate gender identity using stereotypical traits in a chat line environment, through quantitative and qualitative data. In the Study1 (Coding & Counting Approach, Herring, 2004), the 80 same-sex conversation (40 men and 40 women; 40 Italian and 40 Chilean), reached in public chatrooms, were analyzed utilizing some categories of Project H-Codebook and the X². Categories considered were: Firstper, Opinion, Apology, Question, Emoticon, Emodevice, Coalition_1, Coalition_2, Fact, Action, Challenge, Flame, Status, Style. Results show no significant differences between women and men in the use of these categories, except for Flame (p<0.001). In Study 2 we adopt the method of Conversational Analysis to the study of conversational dynamics through which chatters co-construct their identity. Qualitative results have underlined the presence of specific gender related mechanism, and so the possibility to understand the construction of online subjectivity through relationships. Our results or suggest the opportunity to investigate communicative style both through quantitative and qualitative differences.

 

KEYWORDS

Identity, CMC, Gender, Conversational Analysis, Language Style.

CITE AS

Cilento Ibarra F. & Galimberti C. (2006). Stereotypes and Gender Identity in Italian and Chilean Chat Line Rooms. PsychNology Journal, 4(1), 25 – 52. Retrieved [month] [day], [year], from www.psychnology.org.

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