Taylor, Stephanie and Wetherell, Margaret
A suitable time and place: Speakers' use of 'time' to do discursive work in narratives of nation and personal life.
Time and Society, 8(1) pp. 39–58.
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Following the approaches of discourse analysis and social constructionism, talk about New Zealand / Aotearoa is analysed to show how constructions of time become a discursive resource in speakers' identity work and also in larger contests around nation and belonging. Time and place constructions become interlinked within a personal narrative as consecutive life stages corresponding to different places of residence. An absent time-place is reified as a valued possession, to be protected from others. In contests around the status of the Maori minority, the constructions of time within alternative narratives establish or challenge the status of indigeneity.
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