Barbara Lemaster.


Barbara LeMaster, Ph.D.                

      Professor, California State University, Long Beach  
      Departments of Anthropology and Linguistics

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My teaching and research interests are in issues of emergence and maintenance of ethnic, cultural, and gender identities in historical and ethnographic contexts, specifically examining the use of resistance and power in unequal social relationships. This includes an interest in general practices and discourses of social control, the dynamic interaction of disadvantaged people in situations of unequal social relationships. It also includes an interest in the effects of educational language policies on group structure and language use; and, an interest in the expression of gender, ethnicity, and cultural identity through language variation. My work involves descriptive linguistic and sociolinguistic analyses of Deaf sign languages, ethnographies of Deaf communities, and issues of gender socialization in schools. The contexts of my research are primarily in educational and community settings.

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Irish Sign Language Research

St. Joseph's deaf school for boys.

     Barbara LeMaster's work dates back to 1984. Her work explores gender and generational variations within Irish Sign Language and their social implications and focuses on the history of Irish Sign Language differences within St.Mary's school for Deaf girls and St. Joseph's school for Deaf boys.

Preschool Gender Socialization Research

Barbara LeMaster Lecture.

There is nothing in one’s essential gender to bind them to particular ways of speaking. Instead, to the extent people affiliate with a gender and want to display themselves in terms of gender, culturally proscribed ways of speaking may be adopted. Therefore, it is important to look at how culturally constructed gendered speech behavior is acquired.

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