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`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 cons

Identity as an Analysts' and a Participants' Resource
Identity as an analysts' and a participants' resource
SueWiddicombe

The view of identity illustrated in this book is that identity is available for use: something that people do which is embedded in some other social activity, and not something they ‘are’. This brings into sharp relief the notion that identities are put to local work, and the chapters in this volume attest to the great range of jobs that identities are used for: they may be invoked as footings for the conduct of business, to allocate blame and responsibility, to accuse and defend, to mobilize other identities, and so on. Moreover, the contributors have been concerned in different ways with the question of how identities are done, and the answer ...

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