This volume presents both an analysis of how identities are built, represented and negotiated in narrative, as well as a theoretical reflection on the links between narrative discourse and identity construction. The data for the bookareMexican immigrants' personal experience narratives and chronicles of their border crossings into the United States. Embracing a view of identity as a construct firmly grounded in discourse and interaction, the author examines and illustrates the multiple threads that connect the local expression and negotiation of identity to the wider social contexts that frame the experience of migration, from material conditions of life in the United States to mainstream discourses about race and color. The analysis reveals how identities emerge in discourse through the interplay of different levels of expression, from implicit adherence to narrative styles and ways of telling, to explicit negotiation of membership categories.
Table of contents
1. Identity in narrative: A discourse approach
2. The social phenomenon: Mexican migration to the U.S.
3. Identity as social orientation: Pronominal choice
4. Identity as agency: Dialogue and action in narrative
5. Identity as categorization: Identification strategies
6. Identity as social representation: Negotiating affiliations