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Discursive psychologists (Edley, 2001; Potter & Wetherell, 1987; Wetherell, 1998) have analysed identity work in talk, including the ways in which understandings which prevail in a wider social context are taken up or resisted as speakers position themselves and are positioned by others. In these terms, a narrative is generally understood in two ways. The first is as an established understanding of sequence or consequence, such as a potential life trajectory, which becomes a discursive resource for speakers to draw on (cf. Bruner's 'canonical narratives', 1991). The second is of a narrative as a situated construction, such as the biography produced by a speaker within a particular interaction. In this article, I propose an expanded analytic focus which considers how the versions of a biographical narrative produced in previous tellings become resources for future talk, thus setting constraints on a reflexive speaker's work to construct a coherent identity across separate interactions and contexts (Taylor & Littleton, forthcoming).
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2006 John Benjamins Publishing Company|
|Extra Information:||This article also appears as a book chapter in: Bamberg, Michael (ed.),'Narrative ï¿½ State of the Art', USA: John Benjamins Publishing Company Limited, 2007.
|Keywords:||life narrative; discursive resources; continuity; rehearsal|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences|
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)|
|Depositing User:||Stephanie Taylor|
|Date Deposited:||23 Mar 2007|
|Last Modified:||01 Nov 2012 11:38|
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