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Parallel Worlds: Narrative ‘Versions’ and Cultural Exchange in an Occupational Environment

Dilks, Helen (2004) Parallel Worlds: Narrative ‘Versions’ and Cultural Exchange in an Occupational Environment. In: Narrative, Memory & Identity: Theoretical and Methodological Issues. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 223-232.

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      The concept of ‘narrativity’ has emerged as a powerful communicative device
      employed by workers for the creation and maintenance of group identity in
      transient occupational situations. This paper explores the negotiation of
      identity and practice by workers in the shopfitting industry as they move
      between ‘parallel worlds’ according to differentiation by gender, ethnicity and
      age. The nature and authenticity of narrativity as a research device is examined,
      and the most prominent narrative themes are discussed in terms of their
      usefulness as boundary ‘markers’. It is argued that narratives serve a dual
      purpose by providing the means for capital accrual within the occupational
      environment, and for the dissemination of collective knowledge within and
      between parallel worlds. The substantive relation of ‘truth’ to the ‘event’
      described in narratives depends to an extent upon the actual, or the perceived’
      nature of the relationship between the narrator and the listener. The
      presentation of different ‘versions’ is considered as a means of achieving
      temporary rapport between groups and individuals whose identities are
      constantly changing, and the ability of various agents to adapt their
      presentation in order to negotiate a balance of power is examined.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
      Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
      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: 09 Jul 2009 10:09
      Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 14:14


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