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Identity Trouble and Place ofResidence in Women’s Life Narratives

Taylor, Stephanie (2005) Identity Trouble and Place ofResidence in Women’s Life Narratives. In: Narrative, Memory & Everyday Life. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 97-105.

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      Work in narrative and discursive psychology offers a theoretical and analytic
      approach to the meaning of place for identity in contemporary society. The
      conventional ‘born and bred’ or nativeness connection between place and
      residence based on long-term personal and family connection can be
      understood as a canonical narrative (Bruner, 1987) and a resource for speakers
      in their identity work in relation to place. Wetherell (1998) and others have
      suggested that speakers engage actively in such identity work, for example, by
      taking up subject positions, but they are also constrained, for example, by the
      resources and positions made available by larger discourses. This constraint
      can appear as ‘trouble’, when an identity is potentially challengeable as
      implausible or inconsistent. In a society characterised by increased mobility
      and instability of residence, such trouble can occur in conventional positioning
      in relation to place. Analysis of interview data from women speakers reveals an
      alternative positioning in relation to a chosen place of residence. The emphasis
      on choice and opportunity in their talk is consistent with the reflexive project
      to construct an individual identity of self and achievement associated with a
      contemporary or neo-liberal subject (Rose, 1996; Walkerdine, 2003). However
      the analysis suggests that this alternative identity work is also constrained, and
      that trouble occurs in relation to a gendered identity.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
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      Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
      B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences
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      Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
      Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2009 12:14
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:11


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