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Gender and the telephone: Voice and emotions shaping and gendering space
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
University of South Australia.
2013 (English)In: Human Technology, ISSN 1795-6889, E-ISSN 1795-6889, Vol. 9, no 2, 157-170 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In the field of communication studies the topic of telephony and the gendering of space via voice and emotions have received limited attention. The focus of this article is on how telephone conversations are mediated by voice and emotions, which in turn shape and gender social space. The methodology is a collaborative autoethnographic design based on diary notes and memory work. Two central themes emerge from the findings, which explain how space becomes gendered when using the telephone. The first explores the voice and relations of power and the second examines the interstices between work, caring and the telephone. Our findings reveal the central role of work and caring and how these spaces are constantly being transgressed and transformed as the mobile phone becomes an important appendage for sensory perceptions of hearing/listening/voice. We argue that these themes point toward the crucial impact of emotions in the construction of multiple and gendered spatialities of telephony.

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2013. Vol. 9, no 2, 157-170 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-19836DOI: 10.17011/ht/urn. 201312042738OAI: diva2:646087
Available from: 2013-09-06 Created: 2013-09-06 Last updated: 2016-10-18Bibliographically approved

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