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

By By (author) Carmen Konzett

This e-book explores how teachers at meetings co-construct their very own and every other´s expert identities. it truly is in accordance with the exact sequential research of audio recordings of convention discussions within the box of the arts, the operating languages being French and English. The analyses express that the delegates who actively perform those interactions, no matter if as presenters, chairpersons or as contributors of the viewers, perform a large amount of identification paintings, attributing self and different to numerous different types identification. The dialogue members co-construct themselves and every different discursively as lecturers, execs, specialists, junior or senior contributors of the medical neighborhood; in addition they orient to this id paintings as an incredible activity to be accomplished at meetings. This learn offers targeted insights into the fine-grained mechanics of spoken educational discourse. From the point of view of utilized examine it serves the double objective of elevating skilled researchers´ understanding in their personal workouts and introducing newbies to the discourse practices of academia.

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He adopts two main points of view of interaction in his study of social life: that of interaction as a theatrical performance and that of interaction as a ritual performance. In both cases the individual is considered playing a very active role in their interaction with other members of society. One of Goffman’s central concerns is the concept of self . Similar to Mead, his idea of the self is that of a socially situated and constructed object rather than a quality or a feature permanently attached to the individual.

For example, the social object a child’s bed can become a secret hiding place for the child if it uses the object to hide underneath rather than sleep in it. e. they represent something else. A cross, for instance, is a symbol for the religious group of Christians. The most important symbol – or rather, symbolic system – is language, because it works as a kind of meta-system through which all other symbols can be interpreted. e. to pass on meaning to other human beings. For example, a person might signal the wish to find out how much something costs by rubbing together thumb and forefinger of their right hand (and by doing so in a manner that suggests it is not a coincidental gesture).

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. The following chapters present a brief overview of some important sociological theories that deal with the concept of identity. We will be outlining particularly those ideas that are relevant for our analysis of the interactional data.

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