This book is about how we present our selves in everyday talk and
interaction. Selves and conversations are skilful accomplishments
requiring trust, dependency, and co-ordination. They are produced
by multiple partners co-operating in the production of social
events. The self is a 'performed character' - a 'dramatic effect'
in Goffman's terms - which results from shaping our behavior to
create a desired impression. Talk is both the means and the product
of such events. Selves live in worlds that talk creates.
Using the methods of conversation analysis, this book seeks to
discover how selves are created and transformed in everyday talk.
It examines how pronouns are used to create interactional
boundaries, the strategic manipulation of interactional support,
talk in dealing with conflict, and stylistic differences associated
with gender. Theoretical discussion is combined with fine-grained
analysis of ordinary conversations.
The book will be of particular interest to students and
professionals in sociology, social psychology, sociolinguistics and
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