Selves and Identities in Narrative and Discourse

Michael Bamberg | Clark University
ORCID logoAnna De Fina | Georgetown University
Deborah Schiffrin | Georgetown University
ISBN 9789027226495 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027291233 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
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The different traditions that have inspired the contributors to this volume can be divided along three different orientations, one that is rooted predominantly in sociolinguistics, a second that is ethnomethodologically informed, and a third that came in the wake of narrative interview research. All three share a commitment to view self and identity not as essential properties of the person but as constituted in discursive practices and particularly in narrative. Moreover, since self and identity are held to be phenomena that are contextually and continually generated, they are defined and viewed in the plural, as selves and identities. In the attempt of moving closer toward a process-oriented approach to the formation of selves and identities, this volume sets the stage for future discussions of the role of narrative and discourse in this generation process and for how a close analysis of these processes can advance an understanding of the world around us and within this world, of identities and selves.
[Studies in Narrative, 9] 2007.  x, 355 pp.
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“This volume greatly advances our knowledge of how selves andidentities are continuously produced in the micro-level of dailyactivities and social interactions. The in-depth analyses in each of itschapters provide a magnified look into the complex intricacies ofidentity construction, maintenance, negotiation, and above all, change.It is undoubtedly a worthwhile and welcomed addition for researchers insocial sciences, particularly psychology and applied linguistics. It willalso be of great significance for graduate students interested in theseareas, as each chapter serves as an exemplar of various traditions andmethodologies in the study of narrative and identity.”
“The investigations reported in this volume are enjoying precision and credibility and can be used as good models for novice researchers. Bamberg, De Fina and Schiffrin should be credited for their careful selection of articles and the rich variety of themes introduced in this compilation. In fact, the present collection, in a way, corroborates the feasibility of co-existence, even cross-fertilization of diverse methodological frameworks in narrative analysis.”

Main BIC Subject

CFB: Sociolinguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007022833