Any Questions?: Identity Construction in Academic Conference by By (author) Carmen Konzett

By By (author) Carmen Konzett

Teachers visit meetings for 2 major purposes: first, to debate their learn; moment, and simply as importantly, to barter their very own status within the medical group. This publication exhibits how teachers within the humanities use convention discussions as a discussion board to co-construct either their very own and every other's expert identities. whereas in the beginning sight the researchers appear to be easily asking a...

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Interactants constantly try to establish and keep up certain impressions they want others to have of them, whether these impressions are anything to do with their true selves (or rather: with who they think they are) or not. g. a conference organising committee might be demonstrating unity and team spirit in front of the delegates, even if they have been fighting over the smallest detail and making decisions behind each other’s backs all along during the preparatory phase. In these situations it is important that all members of such a team Identity as a social construct 29 performance continue playing their part; otherwise the performance falls apart (Charon 1998: 94–95).

Sociologists and sociolinguists define a person’s identity very broadly as a bundle of social roles that people play and bring about in interaction with others. This “social identity” includes “participant roles, positions, relationships, reputations, and other dimensions of social personae” (Ochs 1996: 424). In this view, identity is considered a dynamic and flexible concept, which is created or constructed while involving in social interaction. This is the concept that comes closest to our conception of the self and identity, which is not surprising, since ethnomethodology and conversation analysis emerged from sociology.

Antaki and Widdicombe 1998: 5). e. in the sequential structure of interaction. Heiko Hausendorf, in his study of interactions between East and West Germans (2000) is interested in the phenomenon of belonging to a group as one aspect of identity and belonging as a communicatively constructed phenomenon. g. the inference richness of categories is not something participants normally display). Hausendorf is also critical of the fact that Sacks’ analysis of membership categorization is essentially non-linguistic and therefore not very detailed in this respect, at least compared to modern conversation analysis.

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