A place for the future?: Residence and continuity in women’s narratives of their lives

Taylor, Stephanie (2003). A place for the future?: Residence and continuity in women’s narratives of their lives. Narrative Inquiry, 13(1) pp. 193–215.

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Abstract

Women's talk about places of residence and relationships to place is analysed to investigate their discursive work around identity and the life narrative. The analysis focuses on the interpretative repertoires (Edley, 2001; Potter & Wetherell, 1987) which a speaker can employ in order to construct order and continuity within a life narrative. The repertoire of residence provides a recognisable logic for a relationship to place. However the same repertoire can make certain identity claims problematic, for example because they conflict with a conventional construction of the family. This in turn may make it difficult for a speaker to construct continuity and a projection of her life narrative into the future.

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