‘I’m a Greenie’: Stances of Political Self and Other
When we talk about politics, we generate identities that can be recognised through discourse—this recognition occurs through stances that interactants take in relation to one another. This chapter presents the case of a discussion with Ashley, who develops a ‘greenie’ political identity alongside that of her conversational partner and in response to the interactional demands of the moment, all the while operating under higher-order discursive influences. This chapter examines the process in action, from the point of first contact through to explicit confirmation of Ashley’s political leaning. It shows that it is only in relation to others that our political selves can be fully understood.
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