Places I remember: Women's talk about residence and other relationships to place

Taylor, Stephanie (2001). Places I remember: Women's talk about residence and other relationships to place. Auto/Biography, 9(1-2) pp. 33–40.

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This paper investigates discursive constructions of relationships to place, including place of residence, through an analysis of transcribed talk. It shows the discursive work through which speakers construct claims of belonging and an identity as a person of a place, drawing on an ideal or dominant construction of residence. Through talk about memory and remembering speakers can claim a temporal connecton to place which evokes the continuity of the ideal. The paper draws on approaches to talk developed in discourse analysis in social psychology and critical discursive psychology (e.g. Wetherell, 1998). The paper proposes that a research interview can be understood as a context in which speakers can perform relationships to place, reflexively addressing dilemmas around claims of identity and belonging. It is suggested that woman speakers, including the research participants, may face particular problems in constructing plausible and coherent claims of belonging to place.

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