Small stories, big issues: tracing complex subjectivities of high school students in interactional talk

Ryan, Mary E. (2008) Small stories, big issues: tracing complex subjectivities of high school students in interactional talk. Critical Discourse Studies, 5(3), pp. 217-229.

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The influences of family, religion, social, cultural, and economic discourses are deeply inscribed in the practices of young people. This article argues that by tracing 'small stories' through their accounts, we can make visible 'big issues' in their world views, and come to a better understanding of the complexities of their subjectification processes. Poststructural inquiry and critical discourse analysis (CDA) are used to frame and analyse the positionings of a small group of 16 year-olds to show how they use 'small stories' to mount arguments and counter-arguments, introduce 'theories' and gain support for their views. Their interactions provide as much insight into their identities as what they actually say; therefore both content and interaction are key analytical foci. These findings have implications for how we choose sections of interviews for fine-grained textual analysis.

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ID Code: 12662
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: young people, critical discourse analysis, small stories, interview data, poststructural inquiry
DOI: 10.1080/17405900802131728
ISSN: 1740-5912
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Critical Discourse Studies, Volume 5, Number 3, 2008 , pp. 217-229
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:47

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