Article published in:Categorization in multilingual storytelling
Edited by Matthew T. Prior and Steven Talmy
[Pragmatics and Society 10:3] 2019
► pp. 399–422
Special issue section
Constructing desirable brides
Membership categorization, medium of education, and arranged marriages
This paper utilizes Membership Categorization Analysis (MCA) and Conversation Analysis (CA) to examine the entwined relationships among interaction, storytelling, and membership categorization. While demonstrating how a storytelling event in a qualitative research interview and the categories constructed within it are skillfully wielded by the teller to meet interactional exigencies, this single case analysis shows how members do culture-in-action (Hester and Eglin 1997) related to arranged marriage negotiations in the Indian context. A close examination of the emic categories produced in the interview reveals how the interactants collaboratively co-construct the social structures surrounding arranged marriages and the notion of ‘desirable’ brides. Illustrating the salience of medium-of-education (MoE) in these emic constructions of desirable brides, the analysis reveals the marginalization of Hindi-medium-educated (HME) women in the arranged marriage sphere.
- 1.1Arranged marriages in India
- 1.2Conversation analysis and membership categorization analysis
- 2.The study
- 2.1The story
- 2.1.1The pre-story
- 2.1.2Setting the stage
- 2.1.3The perfect match
- 2.1.4The dogged pursuit
- 2.1The story
Published online: 22 October 2019
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