The Narrative Construction of Identities in Critical by Archakis Argiris Tsakona Villy

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We begin by reviewing certain issues regarding the concept of narrative both as a cognitive mechanism and as a genre. 1 More specifically, he suggests that ‘[n]arrative structure is even inherent in the praxis of social interaction before it achieves linguistic expression’ (Bruner, 1990: 77). On the same wavelength, Hymes (1996: 112, 115) argues that narrative is ‘a universal function of language’ and ‘a basic mode of human communication’ (see also Blommaert, 2005: 84). Thus, the world surrounding us and the development of human action within it are constructed on the basis of speakers’ cognitive narrative equipment.

Which led to the creation of conversational narratives with a specific and explicit organizational structure. 1). 1; also Georgakopoulou, 2006a: 34–5, 2006b). Thirty years after the publication of Labov’s first research project on narrative, Bamberg (1997a) edited a collective volume of studies criticizing what Bruner (1997: 62) calls the ‘structuralist optimism’ emanating from Labov’s narrative rule. This volume constitutes a critique of narrative as a representation of personal past experiences and as an autonomous textual structure with a clear internal organization detached from its context (see Georgakopoulou, 2007: 4, 64–5).

In the proposed model of analysis, the central question will actually be the management of the coexistence of choices and impositions16 in individuals’ political involvement in a social formation. In Pavlidou’s words (1999: 201), the issue at stake is ‘the dialectical relation between macrostructures and microstructures, society and interaction, language and speaking, institutional and interactional power’. 3), taking the aforementioned issues into account. 1 Conversational narratives: Introduction and data presentation In Part I, we argued that discourse (along with other semiotic behaviors) is a mechanism for constructing identities which are not innate or a priori given or available to individuals.

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