Situating Selves: The Communication of Social Identities in American Scenes

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Provides a communication theory of identity. Shows how listening to communication in cultural scenes can help reveal how deeply identity is situated in various communicative practices.
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Introduction: A Scene of Scholarly Conversation

Chapter 1 Social Identities as Communication


Scene One: Public Leisure

Chapter 2 The Playful Self: Being a Fan at College Basketball Games

Scene Two: Work

Chapter 3 The Working Self: Making Television and Tension between Workers

Chapter 4 Unifying Workers through "the Product": An Epitomizing Symbol

Scene Three:Weddings and Marriage

Chapter 5 The Marital Self: Styles of Names Used upon Marriage

Chapter 6 Social Uses of Marital Names:Ethnography and Conversation Analysis

Scene Four: Gender and the "Talk Show"

Chapter 7 The Gendered Self and "The Individual": A Vacillating Form of Identity Talk in the "Talk Show"

Chapter 8 Cultural Agents, Social Identities, and Positioning: A Theoretical Interlude

Scene Five: A Community's Land-Use Controversy

Chapter 9 Decisions and Conflicting Selves:Dramatic Depictions of a Natural Environment

Chapter 10 Dueling Identities: In Search of Common Political Ground


Chapter 11 Social Identities, American Community, and the Communal Function

Appendix Some Parts of One Ethnographer's Interpretive Kit




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