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Title: Discourse Constructions of Youth Identities
Edited By: Jannis K. Androutsopoulos
Alexandra Georgakopoulou
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=P_bns_110
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 110

This volume sets out to foreground the issues of youth identity in the context of current sociolinguistic and discourse research on identity construction. Based on detailed empirical analyses, the twelve chapters offer examinations of how youth identities from late childhood up to early twenties are locally constructed in text and talk. The settings and types of social organization investigated range from private letters to graffiti, from peer group talk to video clips, from schoolyard to prison. Comparably, a wide range of languages is brought into focus, including Danish, German, Greek, Japanese, and Turkish. Drawing on various discourse analytic paradigms (e.g. Critical Discourse Analysis, Conversation Analysis), the contributions examine and question notions with currency in the field, such as young people's linguistic creativity and resistance to mainstream norms. At the same time, they demonstrate the embeddedness of constructions of youth identities in local activities and communities of practice where they interact with other social identities and factors, in particular gender and ethnicity.

Table of contents

Discourse constructions of youth identities: Introduction
Jannis K. Androutsopoulos and Alexandra Georgakopoulou 1–25
I. Peer group identities
Linguistic variation and the construction of social identity in a German-Turkish setting: A case study of an immigrant youth group in Mannheim, Germany
Werner Kallmeyer and Inken Keim 29–46
Nicknames and teasing: A case study of a linguistically and culturally mixed peer-group
Vasiliki Lytra 47–73
Looking back when looking ahead: On adolescents’ identity management in narrative practices
Alexandra Georgakopoulou 75–91
It’s not that I really care about him personally you know: The construction of gender identity in London teenage talk
Anna-Brita Stenström 93–117
II. Recasting literacy practices
Emotion and youth identities in personal letter writing: An analysis of pictorial signs and unconventional punctuation
Kuniyoshi Kataoka 121–149
Spelling rebellion
Mark Sebba 151–172 ‘Nike Trainers, My One True Love — Without You I am Nothing’: Youth, identity and the language of trainers for young men in prison
Anita Wilson 173–196
Constructions of identity in German hip-hop culture
Jan Berns and Peter Schlobinski 197–219
III. Representations and positionings
Socio-cultural orientation, urban youth styles and the spontaneous acquisition of Turkish by non-Turkish adolescents in Germany
Peter Auer and İnci Dirim 223–246
Swedish youth discourse: On performing relevant selves in interaction
Catrin Norrby and Karolina Wirdenäs 247–278
The youth and the gatekeepers: Reproduction and change in language norm and variation
Tore Kristiansen 279–302
Mediated experience and youth identities in a post-traditional order
Lilie Chouliaraki 303–331
Index 333–338

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588113558
ISBN-13: 9781588113559
Pages: viii, 343 pp.
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ISBN: 9027253528
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Pages: viii, 343 pp.
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