• Keighley Perkins

    Hi Emily,

    I really enjoyed reading through your poster. This sounds like an invaluable piece of research. Bucholtz and Hall have a really interesting paper on the construction of identity, which may be useful for you: Bucholtz, M. and Hall, K. (2005). Identity and interaction: a sociolinguistic approach. Discourse Studies, 7(4-5), pp. 585-614.

    I hope that it helps and provides some food for thought.

  • Kate Steel

    Hi Emily, really interesting stuff. I’m just wondering, have you observed any patterns in the way these offenders label themselves in relation to who’s doing the labelling? e.g. in your first example above, Breivik’s ‘terrorist’ label represents the police perspective. I’m interested in how (if) they use different labels depending on whose perspective they’re representing?

  • Gerard O'Grady

    Hi Emily, I’m glad to see that this work is continuing to develop. I don’t have any suggestions re corpus analysis as it is not my area. But I wondered if you would benefit from reading about intertextuality as this would seem relevant to the way your narrators construct their identities so anything by Bakhtin/Volinshov. Also Theo Van Leeuwen’s (2008) book Discourse and practice.

  • Kate Kavanagh

    Hi Emily, thanks for the poster! Your question about how to harness corpus techniques to pursue this analysis makes me think of van Leeuwen’s (2008) social actor framework that Kate Barber mentions in her poster. Amanda Potts has also worked with this framework using XML tagging in small specialised corpora, so you might like to chat with her or check out her work. It seems particularly fitting for your Labelling and Splitting of the Self strands. Cheers!

  • Debbie Cabral

    Hi, Emily!
    This is so interesting! I loved the poster!
    Have you read Hart, C. (2015) Discourse. In. E. Dabrowska, D. Divjak (eds) Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. Vol. 39. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. Ch.15? I think it might be useful.

  • Emily Powell

    Thanks for the helpful suggestions. Theo van leeuwen’s work has been useful so far but only some parts of the framework apply so I’m not sure about ‘cherry picking’ from it.

  • Emily Powell

    Kate Steel -That’s a good point. I think it’s about anticipating the different labels they will be given by different parties and rejecting them. I also find it interesting that they create new labels for themselves that may enable them to commit crime or convince themselves that their crimes are justified.

  • Amanda Potts

    Hi Emily! I really like the poster because it makes good use of illustrative examples from the source data, which tends to be quite rare, weirdly. As for your second question, I found myself missing the quantitative aspect. How frequent are each of these 4 construction types? How are they dispersed, as far as your different authors and different narrative sections? Can you identify any more, perhaps by using semantic tagging? Happy to talk this over with you if you like. I’m always intrigued by this work!

  • Kate Barber

    Hi Emily
    Fab poster! I really liked the gaming section on it and how this part of your project has evolved. I’ve read a bit about how gaming is used to radicalise certain groups (far right groups, for example, producing games to spread their ideology and target young men online) so there might be some reading that’s useful around that (this link goes into this and also mentions what you have outlined in your poster about how gaming structures the self and reality; and about Breivik, the Christchurch shooter and the one in Germany ).

    Have you noticed any references to the self as ‘hero’ in these gaming examples? It would be interesting to see if they see the virtual world just as a sanctuary/safe place to hide/place to control or if they see themselves as hero and how this compares to other hero references outside the gaming frame.

  • Emily Powell

    Thanks Kate Barber. Yes -Hero is definitely a label that Breivik and Rodgers both give themselves. Rodgers does this particularly at the end, just before the crime. Breivik talks about his actions being for the great good, and this is also a key theme in criminological theory (neutralisations and moral disengagement) relating to offenders seeing their acts as for the greater good and justifying them this way.

  • Michael Handford

    Nice poster Emily! I think the Bucholtz and Hall suggestion above is a really good one. Something you might also consider is Mary-Jane Collier’s work on ascribed and avowed identities might worth looking at. For instance, in the labelling section, Breivik is speculating on the avowed identities he may be given, and the difference between the identity he ascribes to himself is in contrast to this. Here’s one link to a recent publication

    Re the corpus tools, as I mentioned on Kate’s poster Sketch Engine’s WorkSketch tool is worth having a play with, as you can type in a word like ‘terrorist’ (or anything else) and see its grammatical and lexical patterning.

  • Emily Powell

    Thanks Mike -I’ll have a look at that reference. SketchEngine has been useful to look at how different words are used. I like using different tools for different things as they all have their strengths!

  • Michelle

    Hi Emily, this is coming on really well. Yes, it was Theo’s work that came to mind for me too. I guess too that you are keeping an eye on the Journal ‘Narrative Inquiry’ as there are often narrative + identity papers in there. Keep going, this is great work

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