Performing Identity: A Topological Perspective



This chapter considers the range of identities made available for Young Persons and Support Persons at critical stages of conferencing (testimony, rejoinder and admonition), adapting Maton’s work on specialization codes. This involves recontextualizing his Epistemic Relation and Social Relation axes from the perspective of ideational and axiological meaning in Systemic Functional Linguistics, selecting dimensions sensitive to the goals of Youth Justice Conferences and mapping identities accordingly. This mapping highlights some of the key values underpinning the design of conferences, with ideal Young Persons positioned to publicly confirm that they have the confidence and self-discipline to behave as responsible citizens.


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  1. 1.School of the Arts & MediaUNSW AustraliaSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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