‘Don’t I Have a Brain and Hands?’: Negotiating Gender in Mundane Interactions at Work

  • Ting-Fang Chin
Part of the Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia book series (GSCA)


In Chap.  4 I move on to the ‘mundane’ interactions that occur in day-to-day working lives. The analysis focuses primarily on my participants’ accounts of everyday social practices, such as appellations, casual conversation and body language. It is suggested that using familial appellations to address colleagues is a common practice in the workplace, especially when referring to those who are more senior or older. By adopting appellations which are perceived as proper in a given situation, individuals constantly identify, confirm and negotiate each other’s positions within the gendered social hierarchy in the workplace. In addition, the analysis of other common social exchanges suggests that women’s gender is employed as an acceptable point of reference in regarding their routine work performances. I further discuss how the gendered social order in quotidian social practices is intertwined with the normativity of heterosexuality.


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  • Ting-Fang Chin
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  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUK

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