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Identities in Talk

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August 1998 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`Identity' attracts some of social science's liveliest and most passionate debates. Theory abounds on matters as disparate as nationhood, ethnicity, gender politics and culture. However, there is considerably less investigation into how such identity issues appear in the fine grain of everyday life.

This book gathers together, in a collection of chapters drawing on ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, arguments which show that identities are constructed `live' in the actual exchange of talk. By closely examining tapes and transcripts of real social interactions from a wide range of situations, the volume explores just how it is that a person can be ascribed to a category and what features about that category are consequential for the interaction.

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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