Special Issue: Identity in interculturality: Using (lack of) cultural knowledge to disalign with an identity category

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Tim Greer



This article focuses on the notions of interculturality and identity. It outlines some of the ways in which identities can be made relevant in conversation when interactants orient to certain items of cultural knowledge that are normatively bound to those identity categories. By analyzing a brief instance of naturally-occurring talk, the study shows how identities are used as interactional resources to  help accomplish social actions such as providing an account or disagreeing, in addition to aligning and disaligning with other people.