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Accounting for Doing Gender

Accounting for Doing Gender CANDACE WEST University of California–Santa Cruz DON H. ZIMMERMAN University of California–Santa Barbara e’re delighted to have “Doing Gender” and its sequelae as the subjects Wof this symposium. The serious readings of our work by Professors Connell, Jones, Kitzinger, Messerschmidt, Risman, Smith, and Vidal-Ortiz do us honor, and we welcome the chance to address them. We use our response to reflect on, clarify, admit, and expand on what we said originally and what we have said since. As important as the path taken, however, is the theoretical path ahead, and we will comment on that as well. REFLECTION What Raewyn Connell calls our “classic and beautifully constructed paper” (thank you!) was actually written considerably earlier than it was pub- lished. The initial ideas for “Doing Gender” came in 1975 and 1976, while we were trying to reconcile findings on the use of interruption in conversa- tions between women and men (Zimmerman and West 1975; West and Zimmerman 1977) with prevailing formulations of sex role theory. We pre- sented “Doing Gender” at a meeting of the American Sociological Association in 1977; we spent the next ten years trying to get it into print. Between 1977 and 1987, this work was http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Gender & Society SAGE

Accounting for Doing Gender

Gender & Society , Volume 23 (1): 11 – Feb 1, 2009

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CANDACE WEST University of California–Santa Cruz DON H. ZIMMERMAN University of California–Santa Barbara e’re delighted to have “Doing Gender” and its sequelae as the subjects Wof this symposium. The serious readings of our work by Professors Connell, Jones, Kitzinger, Messerschmidt, Risman, Smith, and Vidal-Ortiz do us honor, and we welcome the chance to address them. We use our response to reflect on, clarify, admit, and expand on what we said originally and what we have said since. As important as the path taken, however, is the theoretical path ahead, and we will comment on that as well. REFLECTION What Raewyn Connell calls our “classic and beautifully constructed paper” (thank you!) was actually written considerably earlier than it was pub- lished. The initial ideas for “Doing Gender” came in 1975 and 1976, while we were trying to reconcile findings on the use of interruption in conversa- tions between women and men (Zimmerman and West 1975; West and Zimmerman 1977) with prevailing formulations of sex role theory. We pre- sented “Doing Gender” at a meeting of the American Sociological Association in 1977; we spent the next ten years trying to get it into print. Between 1977 and 1987, this work was

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