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ERIC Number: ED446430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Interviews and Identity: A Critical Discourse Perspective.
Pomerantz, Anne
Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, v16 n1 p25-37 Spr 2000
This article examines how participants in an interview use different linguistic and social resources in order to construct multiple, complex self-representations. It discusses interviews from a critical discourse perspective. In particular, it suggests that interviews are sites of struggle where individuals strive to construct representations of themselves, where they choose among possibilities for stating a particular idea and align themselves with both certain ways of understanding the social world and the people who have historically understood the social world from that perspective. They identify themselves with certain subject positions, the notion of which is thought to capture the idea of social identity. Research questions include the following: what social and linguistic resources are available; how do interviewers delimit the ways in which these resources are used; how do specific instances of resource use function as acts of self-representation. While acknowledging there are some constraints imposed on individual knowledge and other circumstances, this article illustrates how individuals manage to construct multiple, complex, and dynamic representations of themselves within the confines of a highly ritualized form of talk. Fifteen references are included. (Author/KFT)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A