Forms of positioning in the dialogical self: a system of classification and the strange case of Dame Edna Everage

Raggatt, Peter T.F. (2007) Forms of positioning in the dialogical self: a system of classification and the strange case of Dame Edna Everage. Theory & Psychology, 17 (3). pp. 355-382.

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Abstract

Notions of a 'dialogical self' are finding application across many areas of psychology and beyond into neighbouring social sciences disciplines. This breadth, however, creates problems of overall coherence. When authors refer to a 'dialogical self', they are not always talking about the same thing. In this paper I address this problem by considering theories of positioning . I argue that dialogical theory and positioning theory are closely inter-linked, and that forms of positioning which bear on the dialogical self can be classified. A system is outlined which organizes forms of positioning by mode of expression (e.g. discursive, performed, embodied), sources of dynamic conflict (e.g. moral career, agency, communion) and cultural and social constructions (e.g. roles, power hierarchies). The paper discusses the classificatory system and illustrates different forms of positioning in the life of the Australian actor and comic satirist Barry Humphries.

Item ID: 2821
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Barry Humphries; conflict; dialogical self; identity; personality; positioning theory; social constructionism
ISSN: 1461-7447
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2009 23:22
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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