1st Edition

Interaction and Identity

By Harmut B. Mokros Copyright 1996
    462 Pages
    by Routledge

    448 Pages
    by Routledge

    Scholarly interest in issues of self-identity has exploded across disciplines within the humanities and social sciences in recent years. Common to these concerns are the assumptions that self-identity is not an a priori, not given or fixed, but created in the process of communication. This also assumes that social institutions and values are produced and reproduced by individuals in interaction. To capture the essential characteristics of a person requires analysis of how the social and psychological intersect in moments of communication.

    Interaction and Identity contributes, theoretically and empirically, to contemporary scholarly interest in issues of identity. Chapters and contributors to this stand alone volume include: "Part/Whole Discovery: Stages of Inquiry" by Thomas Scheff; "Communication" by Gregory Bateson; "Internal Muzak: An Examination of Intrapersonal Relationships" by Linda Lederman; "The Constitution of Identity as Gendered in Psychoanalytic Therapy: Ideology and Interaction" by Margaret Carr; and "The (Reconstruction and Negotiation of Cultural Identities in the Age of Globalization" by Getinet Belay.

    The multiple disciplines of social research with contemporary interest in identity are ably reflected in Interaction and Identity. The authors are drawn from eight disciplines: anthropology, communication, information science, linguistics, philosophy, psychoanalysis, psychology, and sociology. This book will be invaluable to scholars in all these areas above all in communication research as such.

    1: Introduction: From Information and Behavior to Interaction and Identity; Part I Issues of Theory and Method in Interactional Study of Identity; 2: Part/Whole Discovery: Stages of Inquiry; 3: Communication 1; 4: Pseudounilaterality, Simple-Rate Variables, and Other Ills to which Interaction Research is Heir; 5: Subjective Time, Social Interaction, and Personal Identity; Part II Identity as Interactive Construction; 6: Constructing Discourse Identities in the Openings of Academic Counseling Encounters; 7: Constructing Social Identity in the Workplace: Interaction in Bibliographic Database Searches; 8: Identity, Subjectivity, and Agency in Conversations about Disease; Part III Statements of Identity as Interactively Constructed; 9: Internal Muzak: An Examination of Intrapersonal Relationships; 10: Constructing Research Narratives and Establishing Scholarly Identities: Properties and Propositions 1; 11: Razzing: Ritualized Uses of Humor as a Form of Identification among American Indians; Part IV Barriers to Interactive Conceptualizations of Identity; 12: Ambiguous Bodies/Believable Selves: The Case of Herculine Barbin; 13: The Constitution of Identity as Gendered in Psychoanalytic Therapy: Ideology and Interaction; 14: Interpersonal Icons: Remembered Images and the Closure of Discourse from a Lacanian Perspective; Part V Remaking Identity Interactionally; 15: The (Re)construction and Negotiation of Cultural Identities in the Age of Globalization; 16: Identity Development: From Cultural to Intercultural; 17: Identities and the Assimilation Process in the Modern Organization; 18: Work and/or Caring: Exploring the Identification of Women’s Activities; 19: The Index, in Context; Contributors


    Harmut B. Mokros