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Bethan Benwell & Elizabeth Stokoe

In: The SAGE Handbook of Identities

Chapter 5: Analysing Identity in Interaction: Contrasting Discourse, Genealogical, Narrative and Conversation Analysis

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Analysing Identity in Interaction: Contrasting Discourse, Genealogical, Narrative and Conversation Analysis
Analysing identity in interaction: Contrasting discourse, genealogical, narrative and conversation analysis

This chapter will describe and demonstrate discourse-based approaches to the theorising and empirical analysis of identity in interaction. We start by describing the history of and context for the ‘discursive turn’ in identity studies. We set out two broadly competing trajectories for the study of discourse and identity: first, Foucauldian, genealogical forms of discourse analysis, encompassing critical discourse analysis, performativity theory, positioning theory, critical discursive psychology and some forms of narrative analysis; and second, ethnomethodological approaches such as conversation analysis (CA), membership categorisation and discursive psychology. We then provide two empirical case studies to contrast and evaluate these traditions. We conclude with a discussion ...

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