Turn Taking Strategies and Gender: A Conversational Analysis of Pakistani Politicians in TV Shows

Authors

  • Asifa Tabassum MS, Department of English, GC Women University Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Dr. Muhammad Rashid Hafeez Associate Professor, Department of English, GC Women University Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47205/plhr.2023(7-I)36

Keywords:

Conversational Analysis, Interruption, Overlapping And Gender Equality, Talk Shows, Turn Taking

Abstract

This study investigates the interplay of gender, power dynamics, and conversational strategies in Pakistani political talk shows using the conversation analysis framework. Talk shows were transcribed using Jafferson's transcription model. Through a thorough analysis of turn-taking, interruptions, and overlapping, this study closely examines the patterns and outcomes of these behaviours for individuals of both genders. Employing a descriptive qualitative methodology, the study finds out specific tactics employed by male and female politicians during their conversations. The findings highlight that male politicians often take the lead in discussions, using tactics such as interruptions, overlapping, and frequent turn-taking to assert their control and influence. Conversely, female politicians tend to opt for cooperative strategies, fostering collaborative and cooperative exchanges. Moreover, the study sheds light on the significant impact of power dynamics on conversational behaviour. Male politicians strategically employ techniques like interruptions, overlapping, and turn-taking to reinforce their authoritative position. Ultimately, this study adds to our understanding of how language and discourse reflect as well as perpetuate societal norms and gender dynamics. It unveils the complexities of communication within the realm of political talk shows. The insights derived from this study hold significant implications for enhancing media literacy, promoting gender equality, and refining effective communication strategies in the arena of public discourse.

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Published

2023-03-31

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Tabassum, A., & Hafeez, M. R. (2023). Turn Taking Strategies and Gender: A Conversational Analysis of Pakistani Politicians in TV Shows. Pakistan Languages and Humanities Review, 7(1), 389–398. https://doi.org/10.47205/plhr.2023(7-I)36