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The aim of this chapter is to explore the potential of a video-based methodology for theorising identity. Drawing on the theoretical and analytical framework of conversation analysis (CA) and video-based research on mother-midwife interaction (Lomax, 2005), the chapter will explore the role of the visual in mediating social interaction and in the discursive construction of identity. Drawing on sequences of interaction in which mothers talk with midwives about their recent birth experiences, the chapter will examine how particular normative professional and patient identities are accomplished locally and sequentially through co-ordinated gaze, body movement and speech. Mothers and midwives story-telling activity can be understood as a dance through which each subtly displays, through their talk and visual attention to the other, their acknowledgement of, and shifting affiliations to, institutionally defined and wider cultural understandings of birth and mothering and through which particular maternal and professional identities are ‘talked into being’ (Heritage, 1984).
|Item Type:||Book Chapter|
|Copyright Holders:||2011 Routledge|
|Keywords:||visual methods; video; identity, conversation analysis; motherhood|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care|
|Depositing User:||Helen Lomax|
|Date Deposited:||04 Feb 2011 09:25|
|Last Modified:||27 Oct 2012 19:37|
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