On the nature of dialogic identity work

Nic Beech

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    Abstract

    This paper seeks to supplement the theory that identity work incorporates a dialogic process by focusing on how such processes can proceed. The research question is: how do people's identities become meaningful? The aim is to theorize the 'route to meaning construction' of the self by producing a model of micro dialogical process. The model synthesizes current research on dialogic processes and classic concepts of Bakhtin and Wittgenstein. An empirical analysis is conducted of a longitudinal multi-method engagement with an organization in the cultural sector, focusing on the multiple identity narratives of a manager. Subsequently, the model is developed to incorporate the concepts of meaning-giving tensions and enabling/militating factors.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51-74
    Number of pages24
    JournalOrganization Studies
    Volume15
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

    Keywords

    • Construction
    • Diaglogue
    • Identity work
    • Narrative

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