ARgument Analysis

 
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ethnography | linguistic transcription | qualitative analysis

Language and conversation, when viewed in an anthropological context, are responsible for identity creation, power exchange between and among individuals, upholding and deconstructing social norms, and performativity. This analysis is based on a transcribed conversation between two roommates that illustrates how gender, class, and food function together to create identity and power. The two conversationalists, in an argument work to subvert as well as uphold their identities through fluid use of masculine and feminine discourse markers. They perform both genders to make salient points in argument. They also situate themselves in a unified upper middle class position by discussing food in relation to starving third world countries and expensive food they cook for themselves. The conversation is rich with complexities related to identity creation, gender, and situating ourselves within the broader world, but it does mean that the participants have the power to assert agency through language to build their identities.

University of Minnesota | Instructor: David Valentine | Garage Band, MS Word | Timeline: 2 weeks