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Place identity in inner-city youths : "its all I know"

By D Duffield and Abigail Locke


Identity is a salient topic in every field, in all disciplines of knowledge (Karnofsky, 2002). Using a discursive psychological approach, this paper explored how young people from inner city areas constructed their identity. Specifically the concern was with the resources that young people draw on to construct their accounts of events. The dominant theme to arise was place identity that was rooted in a sense of belonging and familiarity and the perception of differentiation with other areas. The status associated with living in their area was constructed as the most important aspect. Furthermore they invoked others’ reputation of their areas as being relevant to them. The findings were evaluated within the context of both early (Social Identity Theory) and contemporary (discursive) theories of social identity. It was concluded that this research adds weight to the body of discursive work that focuses upon identity as an interactional resource. The wider implications are discussed in terms of what social functions might be accomplished and social relations legitimated in other contexts outside of the interview setting

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Publisher: The British Psychological Society
Year: 2004
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