Conversational identity work in everyday interaction

McInnes, Peter and Corlett, Sandra (2012) Conversational identity work in everyday interaction. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 28 (1). pp. 27-38. ISSN 0956-5221

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scaman.2011.12.004

Abstract

Increasing numbers of studies are identifying ‘identity work’ in research participants’ efforts to establish, maintain, deny or change the identity positions being ascribed to self and other. However, as authors variously emphasize how far identity is negotiated between people, on the one hand, and how far it is determined by prevailing discourses and local ideational notions of who people are, on the other, we are arguably no closer to understanding how identity work gets done in everyday organizational talk. To address this issue we present a conceptualisation of identity work that contrasts these two aspects. Through an analysis of talk in a mundane, everyday, meeting we identify and illustrate five prevalent identity work forms. Taken together, these forms and the conceptualisation represent an important first-step towards developing a more nuanced understanding of the different ways in which people’s identities are engaged in, reproduced through, and altered by their participation in their everyday routine organizing practices.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Identity, identity work, interaction, organizational talk, social obligations, discourse, positioning, meetings
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N600 Human Resource Management
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Corporate and Executive Development
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 14 May 2012 14:27
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 10:59
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/7039

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