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How to get a grip on identities-in-interaction. (What) Does "Positioning" offer more than "Membership Categorization"? Evidence from a mock story

  • This article advocates an understanding of ‘positioning’ as a key to the analysis of identities in interaction within the methodological framework of conversation analysis. Building on research by Bamberg, Georgakopoulou and others, a performative, interaction-based approach to positioning is outlined and compared to membership categorization analysis. An interactional episode involving mock stories to reveal and reproach an inadequate identity-claim of a co-participant is analysed both in terms of practices of membership categorization and positioning. It is concluded that membership categorization is a core element of positioning. Still, positioning goes beyond membership categorization in a) revealing biographical dimensions accomplished by narration and b) by uncovering implicit performative claims of identity, which are not established by categorization or description.

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Author:Arnulf DeppermannORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Narrative inquiry. A forum for theoretical, empirical, and methodological work on narrative
Place of publication:Amsterdam
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2013
Tag:conversation analysis; identities in talk; membership categorization; mock story; narratives in interaction; positioning
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Englisch; Gesprächsanalyse; Interaktion
Page Number:27
First Page:62
Last Page:88
The published article is under copyright of Benjamins. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 420 Englisch
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 430 Deutsch
Open Access?:ja
BDSL-Classification:Sprache im 20. Jahrhundert. Gegenwartssprache
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Gesprächsforschung / Gesprochene Sprache
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG