The play of identities in Cypriot-Australian family storytelling

Petraki, E. (2001) The play of identities in Cypriot-Australian family storytelling. Narrative Inquiry, 11 2: 335-362. doi:10.1075/ni.11.2.05pet

Author Petraki, E.
Title The play of identities in Cypriot-Australian family storytelling
Journal name Narrative Inquiry
ISSN 1053-6981
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1075/ni.11.2.05pet
Volume 11
Issue 2
Start page 335
End page 362
Total pages 28
Editor A. McCabe
M. Bamberg
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher John Benjamins
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
380203 Discourse and Pragmatics
380205 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
380299 Linguistics not elsewhere classified
750306 Ethnicity and multiculturalism
750307 Families
751005 Communication across languages and cultures
Abstract This article adopts a microanalytic approach to examine storytelling as a co-construction by family members in a Cypriot-Australian family. Previous studies on family storytelling have focused on the various roles of family members in storytelling with a means of studying family socialization (Miller et al., 1990; Ochs & Taylor, 1992; Blum-Kulka, 1997). These studies used critical discourse analysis, socioculturel theories, performance and pragmatic approaches to storytelling. This article offers a distinctive approach to family storytelling by examining the discourse and social identities that family members display during the storytelling. The data originate in a study that involves interviews with three generations of Greek-Australian and Cypriot-Australian women regarding their relationships with each other. In this paper we investigate the contributions of the father and the daughters in the course of the mother's turn at storytelling. The first part of the analysis focuses on the husband's discourse identities as a contributor, initiator and elicitor of his wife's storytelling. During the storytelling we also observe the production and exchange of different social identities between the husband and the mother, such as the 'unwilling suitor', the 'embarrassed schoolgirl' or the 'forceful but teasing husband'. The second part describes how the daughters take part in their mother's storytelling, producing a variety of identities such as the 'impatient mother', the 'complaining', 'happy', or 'good' mothers and daughters. These investigations succinctly illustrate how narratives become a resource for members' 'display' and 'play' of identities. Copyright ©2002, John Benjamins B.V.
Q-Index Code C1

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