Identity in (inter)action: Introducing Multimodal (inter)action Analysis

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Walter de Gruyter, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 298 pages
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In this monograph, the author offers a new way of examining the much discussed notion of identity through the theoretical and methodological approach called multimodal interaction analysis. Moving beyond a traditional discourse analysis focus on spoken language, this book expands our understanding of identity construction by looking both at language and its intersection with such paralinguistic features as gesture, as well as how we use space in interaction. The author illustrates this new approach through an extended ethnographic study of two women living in Germany. Examples of their everyday interactions elucidate how multimodal interaction analysis can be used to extend our understanding of how identity is produced and negotiated in context from a more holistic point of view.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Multimodal Interaction Analysis
1
Theoretical Concepts
29
A Case Study of Two Women Living in Germany
55
Chapter 4 Modal Density Actions and Identity
93
Chapter 5 Horizontal Identity Production and Mastery and Appropriation of Identity Elements ...
141
Chapter 6 Vertical Identity Production
179
Chapter 7 Shifting Identity Saliency of Identity and Identity Change
211
Chapter 8 Stabilizing Identity
251
Chapter 9 Investigating Identity in Interaction
275
References
287
Index
295
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Sigrid Norris, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

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