Presentation Title: Narrating an Identity

Section: Communities IV

Location: , 311

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 3:50pm - 4:05pm


Through an analysis of naturally occurring recorded conversation, Narrating an Identity investigates how people use conversation to sculpt individual and collective identities. The investigation is a comparison between the conversations of Swahili women in Malindi, Kenya and international students at Middlebury College. There are certain common points people use as defining features around which to construct a self-other identity. The difference comes in that international students attach to certain places or ideas and recombine them to create an individual identity bounded by several group identities, whereas the Kenyan women attach primarily to a group identity. The investigation includes reflection on narrative topic, subject, length, context, and tense. It also examines the interrelation between narratives to highlight patterns in narrative, intergenerational, and gender relations. It concludes with an investigation of features internal to transcribed narratives.

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Topic: Communication

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Presenter(s): Scanes-Wolfe, Amy-Leigh (Amy)
Major(s): SOAN
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Stoll, David M.
Dept(s): SOAN

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