From the perspective of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis (EM/CA), the concept of positioning may offer a compellingly rich and appealing metaphor for understanding identity and relations. However, a significant difference between positioning theory and EM/CA is that, while the concept of ‘positioning’ is used at all levels of analysis in the former, there appears to be no such analytical concept in EM/CA. The aim of this article is to inquire if EM/CA tools for the analysis of identities and relations in talk might be considered interesting from the perspective of positioning theory. To do so, we offer EM/CA analyses of narrative and non-narrative data in which the in situ negotiation of identities and relations plays a major role.
Narrative Inquiry, 2013, Vol 23, Issue 1, p. 16-39
affiliation; conversation analysis; identities in talk; membership categorization; narrative; positioning