Title
A rehearsed self in repeated narratives? The case of two interviews with a former hooligan A rehearsed self in repeated narratives? The case of two interviews with a former hooligan
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Linguistics
Source (journal)
Discourse studies : an interdisciplinary journal of text and talk. - London, 1999, currens
Volume/pages
11(2009) :6 , p. 721-740
ISSN
1461-4456
1461-7080
ISI
000272469600005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
This article investigates the identity constructions of a former hooligan in two repeated narratives, obtained through interviews with a time lapse of six years. In both narratives, the interviewee constructs a similar heroic identity and opposes it to other categories such as cowards and followers. However, when relating how he became a hooligan, the interviewee presents himself as a follower. This contradiction with the heroic identity shows his struggle with group membership and that identity work is an ongoing process. On the other hand, the striking similarity between the identity constructions in both interviews supports the thesis of a rehearsed self in big stories, but I argue that this is also due to other reasons, namely the role of the same interviewer who co-constructs the interview but who is also an outsider, and the influence of previous rehearsals of the story, both within the group of hooligans and in real life.
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