Understanding Gender Communication In Dancing. Essay

6355 words - 25 pages

UNDERSTANDING GENDER COMMUNICATION
IN DANCING

By

Marjolein Jongepier

A Graduate Research Project

IN

Mass Communications

Submitted to Dr. Kauffman in the Department

of Mass Communications

University of Louisiana at Monroe

2002

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to demonstrate that men and women communicate different behaviors towards one another in dancing based on different factors concerning gender roles. The study will attempt to pinpoint these factors, and explain them, and this will be an attempt to help us better understand gender communication.

Table of Contents:

* Introduction P. 1

* Literature Review P. 2

* Methodology P. 4

* Analysis P. 6

* Discussion P. 10

* References P. 12

* Appendix P. 13

I. Introduction

Nonverbal communication takes place in every social setting. Much research has been undertaken in recent years to analyze different kinds of non-verbal communication. I am particularly interested in nonverbal and verbal communication between genders in the context of the contemporary bar-scene; specifically how men and women ask each other to dance. I will address the issues of flirting, the different interpretations of verbal and nonverbal communications of male versus female behavior, interpersonal attraction, and gender-communication.
I chose this particular subject because I have always been interested in the phenomenon of flirting and how the different genders signal interest towards one another. I have worked in the bar scene for over one year, and I have seen many couples flirt with one another.
This research will attempt to explain the different behaviors between the genders in the bar scene, and it could help the different genders to understand one another better. Through examination and research I hope to find some answers to my posed research question: What kinds of verbal and non-verbal communication takes place between men and women in dancing in the bar setting and how can this help us better understand gender communication?
The significance of this research is to aid to an understanding between the different genders, and perhaps improve gender communication between the two.
I am a female in my early twenties and my interest in the flirting subject could impact the research. I have been around men all of my life, in water-skiing I was one of the few women, and my interest comes from a female perspective to try to understand the other sex better. Another note is that most of the interviewees were friends of mine, because I felt that I could easier approach them on this subject, and therefore me being their friend could also affect my research findings.

II. Literature Review

        A variety of studies dealing with verbal and nonverbal communication between men and women have been done. Grammer...

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