Gender-Fair language and professional self-reference: The case of female psychologists in Polish

Formanowicz, Magdalena Maria; Sczesny, Sabine (2014). Gender-Fair language and professional self-reference: The case of female psychologists in Polish. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 10(1), pp. 64-81. SAGE 10.1177/1558689814550877

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The struggle to achieve gender equality is accompanied by efforts to introduce gender-fair language. In languages with grammatical gender this implies the use of gender-appropriate forms (feminine for women and masculine for males). In the present research, results of a mixed method approach—a corpus analysis, a survey, and an experiment—provide consistent evidence that in Polish, feminine forms are still infrequent in women’s self-reference and that women psychologists continue to use masculine titles. Moreover, a qualitative inquiry examines the reasons why women prefer masculine over feminine job titles. Integrating findings from the two-stage design, we are able to identify the obstacles to promoting social change with the help of language and to understand the reasons behind them.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience

UniBE Contributor:

Formanowicz, Magdalena Maria and Sczesny, Sabine

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1558-6898

Publisher:

SAGE

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] The Scientific Exchange Programme NMS-CH Fellowship no. 11-204-1

Language:

English

Submitter:

Irène Gonce-Gyr

Date Deposited:

27 Feb 2015 14:55

Last Modified:

09 Sep 2017 23:15

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1558689814550877

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.63689

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/63689

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