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RIOS, Oriol  y  CHRISTOU, Miranda. Beyond sexism in language: Communicative acts in sexual and affective relationships among teenagers. Rev. signos [online]. 2010, vol.43, suppl.2, pp.311-326. ISSN 0718-0934.

One of the barriers identified in terms of achieving social cohesion in Europe is the increase of gender violence amongst young people. In this article, we analyze the communicative acts that take place in young people's sexual-affective relationships through descriptions of the interaction they have experienced directly or have witnessed. The data for this analysis was gathered from daily life stories and communicative focus groups. The analysis of communicative acts identifies the verbal language used, but also gestures and tone of voice, as well as the speaker's social position. It also identifies the attractiveness attached to him or her within his or her peer group, social pressure, and the allocation of desire, etc. Differences in these factors can mean that the same word and even the same intentions can have different effects. Thus, the study of the characteristics of communicative acts provides us with criteria to clearly identify whether there is harassment or freedom in a relationship.

Palabras clave : Communicative acts; adolescents; gender violence; affective and sexual relationships; attraction.

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