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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

‘But You Don't Class Yourself’: The Interactional Management of Category Membership and Non-Membership
‘But you don't class yourself’: The interactional management of category membership and non-membership
SueWiddicombe

In this chapter, I shall be concerned with the ways in which speakers accomplish membership and non-membership of a potentially relevant category. The category membership at stake is that of a youth subculture such as punk or gothic. The data come from informal interviews with people who were approached on the streets of London or at rock festivals in the south of England on the grounds that their appearance suggested to us that they could be members of a particular subculture. In the first part of the analysis, I will outline some strategies used by speakers to warrant their non-membership ...

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