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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

Talk and Identity in Divorce Mediation
Talk and identity in divorce mediation
DavidGreatbatch and RobertDingwall

As Harvey Sacks (1992) pointed out, and is often noted in this book, participants in talk-in-interaction can be accurately categorized in terms of numerous social identities, including those related to age, race, sex, religion, social class, occupation, family, geographical region, institutional setting, education and the interactional activities in which they are engaged. This raises important methodological and theoretical issues for research into the social organization of talk. In particular it poses the question of how professional analysts can establish which, if any, of the social identities that can be applied to participants are relevant to understanding their interactional conduct (Schegloff, 1991). Many approaches to the analysis of identity solve this problem by ...

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