`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

How Gun-Owners Accomplish Being Deadly Average

How Gun-Owners Accomplish Being Deadly Average
How gun-owners accomplish being deadly average
AndyMcKinlay and AnneDunnett

The search for a proper understanding of self and identity has provided a rich vein of research in the social sciences. The present chapter, like the others in this collection, is part of that disparate set of writings whose roots lie in fields as diverse as ethnomethodology, literary studies and the writings of the ‘new’ continental philosophers. The style of this book, of course, is towards the discourse – and conversation – analysis part of the terrain. We offer an example of this approach by showing how self and identity can be analysed by attending to the fine-grain detail of conversational interactions. At the end of the chapter, we shall also try ...

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