2. 'Good Story!': The Formal Characteristics of Male Narrative.
3. 'So I Thought ‘Bollocks to it': Men, Stories and Masculinities.
4. 'Bad as My Mate': Stories in Sequence.
5. 'She'd Made Sardines in Aspic': Women's Stories, Men's Stories and the Construction of Gender.
6. 'I'm Quite Good at Mexican Food': Men's Narratives in Mixed Conversation.
7. 'Still in Shock Weren't You Darling': Masculinity and the Heterosexual Couple.
8. 'There are Problems': Men's Talk and Contemporary Masculinities.
‘Men Talk is the first in-depth study of all-male conversations. Coates’s book takes a fresh look at the way in which men's use of language helps to maintain, and sometimes challenge, traditional gender boundaries.’ Sally Johnson, Lancaster University
"Very readable, grounded in data, with the chapters very logically and clearly linked, providing a degree of overall coherence that is often missing in books of this kind...[the book contains a] wealth of detail and careful empirical analysis." Discourse and Society
- Draws on rich conversational material to illuminate our understanding of men and masculinities at the turn of the millennium.
- Collects data from a wide range of conversations, including garage mechanics on a break, carpenters at the pub after work, and university academics chatting after hours.
- Focuses on stories, which occur within all-male conversations.
- Makes a distinctive contribution to our understanding of the intersection of language and masculinity.