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Narrative as construction and discursive resource

Taylor, Stephanie (2006). Narrative as construction and discursive resource. Narrative Inquiry, 16(1) pp. 94–102.

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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 Item
Copyright Holders: 2006 John Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN: 1387-6740
Extra Information: This article also appears as a book chapter in: Bamberg, Michael (ed.),'Narrative � State of the Art', USA: John Benjamins Publishing Company Limited, 2007.
ISBN 9789027222367
Keywords: life narrative; discursive resources; continuity; rehearsal
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 7194
Depositing User: Stephanie Taylor
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 09:05
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