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Identities in Talk

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August 1998 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Identity attracts some of social scienceÆs liveliest and most passionate debates. Theory abounds on matters as disparate as nationhood, ethnicity, gender politics, and culture. But there is much less investigation into the actual empirical details of how identity appears in the details of everyday life. This book gathers together, in a collection of chapters that draw on ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, arguments that show that identities are constructed æliveÆ in the actual exchange of talk. By closely examining tapes and transcripts of real social interactions from a wide range of situations, using ethnomethodological and conversation analytic methods, the book examines just how it is that a person can be ascribed to a category and what features about that category are consequential for the interaction. This thoughtful volume is ideal for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers in social psychology, sociology, communication, and anthropology.
Charles Antaki and Sue Widdicombe
Identity as an Achievement and as a Tool
 
PART ONE: SALIENCE AND THE BUSINESS OF IDENTITY
Derek Edwards
The Relevant Thing about Her
Social Identity Categories in Use

 
Andy McKinlay and Anne Dunnett
How Gun Owners Accomplish Being Deadly Average
Sue Widdicombe
`But You Don't Class Yourself'
The Interactional Management of Category Membership and Non-Membership

 
Charles Antaki
Identity Ascriptions in Their Time and Place
`Fagin' and `The Terminally Dim'

 
 
PART TWO: DISCOURSE IDENTITIES AND SOCIAL IDENTITIES
Don Zimmerman
Identity, Context and Interaction
Robin Wooffitt and Colin Clark
Mobilizing Discourse and Social Identities in Knowledge Talk
David Greatbatch and Robert Dingwall
Talk and Identity in Divorce Mediation
 
PART THREE: MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES AND THEIR PRACTICAL AND INSTITUTIONAL RELEVANCE
Stephen Hester
Describing `Deviance' in School
Recognizably Educational Psychological Problems

 
Dennis Day
Being Ascribed, and Resisting, Membership of an Ethnic Group
Isabella Paoletti
Handling `Incoherence' According to the Speaker's On-Sight Categorization
 
PART FOUR: EPILOGUE
Sue Widdicombe
Identity as an Analysts' and a Participants' Resource

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Charles Antaki

Charles Antaki is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Lancaster. He is editor of Analyzing Everyday Explanation (SAGE, 1988). More About Author

Susan Widdicombe

My primary interests, theoretical and empirical, are in self and identities, including personal and social identity and cultural variations in self-conception and individuality. I have participated in contemporary theoretical and methodological debates surrounding the concept of self and subjectivity and I am concerned to develop empirical approaches to understanding these complex issues. Further, related interests are in social groups, especially youth culture and subcultures; cross-cultural psychology and psychological anthropology; poststructuralism; and Arab identities. I also have an interest in language use, especially conversation... More About Author

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