ERIC Number: ED462857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Culture, Identity, and Asian American Teens: A School District Conference Panel Discussion.
Working Papers in Educatonal Linguistics, v17 n1-2 p65-81 Spr-Fall 2001
This paper analyzes a school district conference panel discussion to illustrate how culture is an interactionally emergent construct and identity is performatively achieved through struggles to position the self and other in socially meaningful ways. In the interaction between the panel of Asian American teens and the audience of teachers, advisors, and administrators, the term culture emerges as two distinct constructs. This is accomplished, in part, through emergent poetic and indexical patterning which shape categories and trajectories of personae to which speech event participants are recruited. The analysis shows how the first schema invokes culture as "historical transmission" and questions the positioning of the teen panel as authentic recipients of this transmittable essence. The second schema invokes culture as "emblem of ethnic differentiation" and allows teens to raise concerns about their own ethnic recognizability in U.S. society. This paper argues that these two schemas of culture are not merely static essences, but dynamically linked to distinct participation frameworks which achieve particular performance effects. Appended are the transcription conventions. (Contains 29 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Note: In: Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, 2001; see FL 027 192.