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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935


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Negotiating Selves and Identities in Interaction: between Theory and Methodology 1526

Balestra F.
Master Degree in Developmental psychology; PhD student in psychology; Department of psychology, University of Parma, Parma, Italy

This article takes as its focus the ways in which participants of an interaction, and in particular of a conversation, negotiate, modify and show different selves. Drawing from a dialogical perspective inspired by the works of Bakthin, this article aims at exploring what it means to negotiate identity in conversation and underlines some methodological and theoretical challenges that researchers have to face within this field of analysis. In particular, the theoretical discussion will propose a perspective that conceive Self as a local, intersubjective, polyhedral and polyphonic construction underlining its connection with studies on communication. In order to grasp the complexity of the study of self in interaction and to give an answer to the theoretical challenges outlined, the construct of positioning will be proposed. This second part will discuss how position could represent a theoretical and methodological concept that connects both lines of research and allows the study of the Self in conversation.

Keywords: Dialogical theory; Self in interaction; Discourse; Positioning

Column: Theory and Methodology

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