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By Anna De Fina

This quantity provides either an research of the way identities are outfitted, represented and negotiated in narrative, in addition to a theoretical mirrored image at the hyperlinks among narrative discourse and identification building. the information for the e-book are Mexican immigrants' own event narratives and chronicles in their border crossings into the us. Embracing a view of id as a build firmly grounded in discourse and interplay, the writer examines and illustrates the a number of threads that attach the neighborhood expression and negotiation of identification to the broader social contexts that body the adventure of migration, from fabric stipulations of lifestyles within the usa to mainstream discourses approximately race and colour. The research finds how identities emerge in discourse throughout the interaction of other degrees of expression, from implicit adherence to narrative types and methods of telling, to particular negotiation of club different types.

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Polanyi (1985) underscores this aspect of storytelling arguing that the analysis of the evaluation of unexpected events in stories provides important insights into the values and beliefs of specific groups or cultures. She proposes a “cultural reading” of the stories that she collected, and illustrates how their topics and the evaluations of events and characters in them, reflects values widespread at all levels of American society. Ochs & Capps also (2001) discuss the fact that experiences are framed within the limits of stereotypes and socially accepted conventions through cultural templates or conventional images of people and events.

In the case of the men that I interviewed, 5 had crossed the border more than once; 4 of these, were also the oldest ones: Ciro, Antonio, Sixto, and Willi.   Chapter 2 Leo, who also had followed a pattern of multiple migration, was younger than the rest, but he had left Mexico when he was only 15 years old and he had crossed the border more than once. He was also the only one who had formed a family with a non-Mexican. He was married to a Porto Rican. The rest of the men who were married, were married to Mexicans.

All these studies show how speakers use the narrative resources available to them in ways that are in some sense ‘typical’ of their communities. The second level of identity construction that I have identified is the negotiation of personal and social roles that takes place through narratives. Researchers investigating the representation of self in story worlds have pointed to different kinds of positions that narrators attribute to themselves as figures in the story-world by looking at linguistic choices indexing social or personal roles in both story and in interactional worlds.

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