Whose perspective counts? Sociopragmatics and identity construction at work
Holmes, J. (2009) Whose perspective counts? Sociopragmatics and identity construction at work. In: 11th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association, Melbourne, Australia, Jul 12-17, 2009. Published in: Abstracts of the 11th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association p. 5. (Unpublished)Full text not available from this repository.
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Workplace interaction presents different sociopragmatic challenges for different groups. Expectations relating to
the construction of a convincing professional identity differ radically in different socio-cultural contexts.
Those who aspire to senior positions are faced with accomplishing the construction of an appropriately
authoritative identity within a culturally constraining environment. For all New Zealanders this entails taking
account of an aggressively egalitarian ethos. For Maori, the challenge involves enacting leadership in culturally
appropriate ways within a wider institutional context with different cultural values and interactional norms. For
skilled migrants attempting to find appropriate employment, the challenge involves constructing a convincing
professional identity in an unfamiliar cultural context, while also attending to the relational expectations of their
new colleagues in the organisations in which they are working.
This paper draws on the extensive research of the Wellington Language in the Workplace Project to explore
these issues. An evolving theoretical model provides a useful means of considering the institutional, cultural and
interactional constraints within which participants engage at work.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (Keynote)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Centre for Applied Linguistics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Abstracts of the 11th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association|
|Publisher:||International Pragmatics Association|
|Official Date:||July 2009|
|Page Range:||p. 5|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Conference Paper Type:||Keynote|
|Title of Event:||11th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association|
|Type of Event:||Conference|
|Location of Event:||Melbourne, Australia|
|Date(s) of Event:||Jul 12-17, 2009|
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