Positioning: The Discursive Production of Selves. If we want to talk about 'sexism' or 'ageism' in the use of. The basis on which a cluster of. Rather, it is because it can be shown. Position'. will be offered as the immanentist replacement for a clutch of transcendentalist. Are we to think of conversation as a hazardous de- coding (by.
Searle's (1. 97. 9) version of Austin's (1. We will argue. here that, on the contrary, a conversation unfolds through the. A speech- action can become a determinate. So what it is that has been said evolves and. This way of thinking.
Muhlhausler and Harr‚. Pearce, 1. 98. 9). As we develop our account of positioning.
The social meaning of. We. shall use the term 'discursive practice' for all the ways in.
In this context a discourse is to be understood as an. Institutionalisation can occur at the disciplinary. There. can also be discourses that develop around a specific topic. Discourses can compete with each. To know anything is to know in terms of one or more.
As Frazer ( Iggo) says of adolescent girls she. By this I mean that the girls'. In this sense 'discourse' plays a similar role in our social. It is that in terms of which phenomena. An important distinction, though. A particular strength of the poststructuralist research. We shall argue that the constitutive force of each.
A subject position incorporates both a conceptual. Once having taken. At least a. possibility of notional choice is inevitably involved because. Among the products of discursive.
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An individual emerges through the processes of social. Accordingly. who one is always an open question with a shifting answer. Stories are located within a number of different.
In this way poststructuralism shades into narratology. We intend our development of the notion of 'positioning' as a. The. psychology of personhood has been bedevilled by the ambiguity. This is the. ambiguity of the question 'Who am I?' Human beings are. It is one and the same. Yet as. variously positioned we may want to say that that very same. In. this paper we are not concerned with personal identity.
However we believe that selfhood in this sense is as much the. Harre, 1. 98. 3; Muhlhausler and Harre. The positions may be seen by one or other of the. One way of grasping the concept of positioning as we wish to. There is the narrative, say Anna Karenina, which.
Each story line is organised around various poles such as. Our interest focuses on. Anna, Karenin, Vronsky. Levin and Kitty). The story lines in the narrative describe.
That there is a cast of characters from. Any reader may, for one reason or another. Such positioning may be created by how the reader. Transferring this conceptual system to our context of episodes.
There is a conversation in which is created a braided. These are organised. Cultural stereotypes such as. It is important to remember that these. The illocutionary forces of each speaker's contributions on. A conversation will be univocal only if the speakers. Even then, the fact that the.
One speaker can position others by adopting a story line which. Of course, they may not wish to do so for. Sometimes they may not contribute. Or they may conform because they do.
In our analysis of an actual conversation we will illustrate. Which speech. act it is will depend in part on which story line speakers. It follows that several conversations can. It also follows that one speaker.
Pearce and Cronen, 1. Our analysis indicates that. To illustrate the use of the concept of 'positioning' for. What the. positioning amounted to for each conversant will be shown to. Our example will draw on a case where a single. The main relevance of the concept of. But. these trains of consequences can be said to occur only if we.
If we want to say that. A has been positioned as powerless we must be. A, that is, from whence does A's understanding or grasp of. We can raise the same issue by asking. A? We shall call this an extension of the. For analytical purposes we propose two kinds of such.
Indexical extension. For some people in some situations a. Powerlessness'. for example, might be grasped in terms of what was felt on. With respect to this particular attribute we have observed.
The case is. probably reversed for the attribute of powerfullness, in which. It follows that we would expect it to be the men. Typification extension. In other cases the extension of the. In this case we. think, metaphorically of a person scanning their past.
In both forms of extension the story line in which the person. ALTERNATIVE ANALYTIC SCHEMES. The classical dramaturgical model has focussed on 'role' as. Though there have been.
Coppierters, 1. 98. In the dramaturgical model people are construed. Nor. do they have much choice as to how to play these roles in any. They learned how to take up a particular. Positioning' and 'subject position', in contrast.
For. example, consider the 'role' of mother. Everyone 'knows' what. There may be variations on the theme, such as. Jewish mother', but these are simply mothers who take up.
Jewish culture'. But everyone does not know each of our. And those who develop their particular. The way we have. been positioned and have positioned ourselves in relation to. Any narrative that we collaboratively unfold with other people.
Social structures are coercive to the extent that. But the concept of a person that we bring. We are thus agent. But we are also. the multiple audiences that view any play and bring to it the. Each of. these will be mediated by our own subjective histories. Finally, lived narratives, as we will show, can change.
If we are to come close to understanding how it is that. With such a metaphor we can begin to explain what it means to. The closest one might come conceptually to role in our. A subject position is made. For example in the discourse of. Brownstein, 1. 98.
Zipes, 1. 98. 6). In everyday life, if two people are living out. In other words, they will engage in the. In Goffman's later works of 1.
An. interest in the ubiquitous role of conversation in creating. The. earlier of his attempts was the idea of 'frame'. That this was. not a well thought through concept can be seen in the. He begins by asserting that frames and schemata are. Frames vary in degree of organisation. Some are neatly presentable as a system.
Goffman, 1. 97. 4 2. The aim of the analyst is to isolate basic frameworks (primary. The task is made. We can understand what is happening in a play, by seeing that.
Goffman called the use of a primary. Key change involves a 'systematic. Frames are, like roles, already given. Thus the dynamic.
His later idea of 'footing' is more promising as an. His metaphor is double. We gain or. lose our footing in conversations, social groups and so on. In the second. layer of metaphor we speak from and can change our 'footings'. Goffman's own account of his new notion is. Change of footing' is. A change of footing implies a change in the alignment.
Goffman, 1. 98. 1 1. So 'alignment' emerges. But one's hopes for clarity. Goffman ties footing. A change. in our footing is another way of talking about a change in our. But if we consult Goffman (1. Burkean kind, in which a scene, actor and action are.
So let us return to 'footing'. Goffman's analysis includes a.
Goffman, 1. 98. 1 1. This is the basis of the. On many occasions. Similar complexities attend the hearers.
There is always a. Staying now with alignment and relating it to production. Tannen tells us (personal. Similarly. and sometimes reciprocally, there will be a pair of hearer's. An actual. conversation will then realise, probably imperfectly, these.
This could. not be in sharper contrast to our conception of positioning. It. should be clear that Goffman, even in his later work, did not.
Frames and schemata are. For us. the whole of the 'apparatus' must be immanent, reproduced. A LIVED NARRATIVE AND ITS ANALYSIS USING. THE CONCEPT OF 'POSITIONING'.
The best way to recommend our proposal is to demonstrate its. In our story we have called ourselves Sano and Enfermada. Sano. and Enfermada are, at the point the story begins, at a. It is a winter's day in a strange city and they. Enfermada. A subzero wind blows down the long street. Enfermada suggests they ask for directions rather than. Sano, as befits the one in good.
Enfermada, darts into shops to make. After some time it becomes clear that there is no.
Sano then says 'I'm sorry to have dragged you. His choice of words. Enfermada who replies 'You didn't drag me, I chose.
Sano. Sano and Enfermada offered separate glosses on this episode. The subsequent debate.
Sano protests that he feels responsible and Enfermada protests. They then debate whether. For Sano the network of obligations is. He is at first unable to grasp the idea that anyone. Enfermada is determined to refuse Sano's claim. Her concern is only in part for the unintended subject.
She believes that his capacity to formulate their. She knows that. he does not wish or intend to marginalise women and so she.
But her protest positions. Sano as sexist, a positioning which he in turn finds.
His inclination is therefore to reject Enfermada's. But this of course. Both speakers. are committed to a pre- existing idea of themselves that they. Enfermada as a feminist and Sano. They are also both committed to their hearing of the. Their protests are each aimed at sustaining these.
The episode went through a number of further cycles of. One of them. involved Sano in accusing Enfermada of working off a worst. Enfermada hears this as a claim that she is. Sano) from her and her feminist.
This bothers Enfermada more than the original 'apology'. Sano. The whole point of her. Until that. point she had believed that his intentions were in fact good. Now she sees. that even knowing how upsetting it is to be so positioned in.
And so the story went, with claims and counter claims. The complexity, if not impossibility, of 'refusing the. Leaving aside for one moment, the further cycles of offence.
Us: I'm sorry to have dragged you all this way when you are. Ue: You didn't drag me, I chose to come. Let us all call these utterances or speech actions Us and Ue.