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Gender, nationality and identity - A discursive study

Stapleton, K and Wilson, J (2004) Gender, nationality and identity - A discursive study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WOMENS STUDIES, 11 (1). pp. 45-60. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1017/1350506804036962


Personal identity requires agentic mediation of overlapping social structures and categories; and further the maintenance of a coherent self across different life contexts. A central means of achieving/maintaining identity is through self-narratives and modes of discursive positioning. In this article, we examine the intersection of two key identity categories, gender and nationality, in the biographical accounts of two female friends (one English and one Irish). Both categories can be seen to structure the speakers' identities as particular types of people, and to interact in mutually defining ways. However, the speakers actively negotiate these structures and constraints to produce specific versions of themselves. While, on occasion, they invoke national (gender) stereotypes in constructing their identities, they both counter-position themselves in relation to gendered expectations within their respective national contexts. Drawing on selected extracts, we examine the discursive strategies through which they construct and maintain such identities across different biographical contexts.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Communication
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:1343
Deposited By: Dr Karyn Stapleton
Deposited On:19 Jan 2010 10:14
Last Modified:16 Jun 2011 13:40

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