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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

The Relevant Thing about Her: Social Identity Categories in Use
The relevant thing about her: Social identity categories in use
DerekEdwards

One of the central themes in this book, from the introduction onwards, is how social identity categories are handled in use. The classical treatment of this is Harvey Sacks's (1979, 1992) ‘hotrodder’ study, together with related bits of analysis and his remarks on ‘membership categorization devices’ (see also Hester and Eglin, 1997a; Jayyusi, 1984; Widdicombe and Wooffitt, 1995). Sacks examined how a group of 1960s ‘teenagers’ (the label is contentious), in group therapy sessions, talked around issues of who they were and what they did. ‘Hotrodder’ was a term they used for themselves, a word derived from ownership and activities with customized cars (hotrods). But the deployment ...

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