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SMALL STORIES AS A NEW PERSPECTIVE IN NARRATIVE AND IDENTITY ANALYSIS Michael Bamberg & Alexandra Georgakopoulou Clark University King’s College London Abstract In this article, we depart from our recent work on ‘small stories’ which we propose as an antidote to canonical narrative studies, a ‘new’ narrative turn that sets out to include certain under-represented activities in the focal concerns of narrative and identity analysis. We are specifically advancing our lines of argumentation by sketching out a five-step analytical operation for tapping into small stories as sites of identity work. The five steps grow out of the model of positioning (as put forward by Bamberg, 1997, and elaborated in Bamberg, 2004a, 2004b; cf. also Georgakopoulou, 2000) that succeeds in navigating between the two extreme ends of fine-grained micro-analysis and macro-accounts. We will work with positioning in the close analysis of a small story event (as part of a moderated group discussion involving 10-year-old boys in an American school) in which we will show how the teller’s announcement of the story, the subsequent withdrawal, and the pre-telling negotiation with the interlocutors are as integral part of our analysis as the actual telling. We will also demonstrate how viewing story content as a function of interactional engagement opens up new insights into identity constructions of sameness in the face of adversative conditions and constant change. (Small Stories, Positioning, Identity Analysis, Author – Animator – Principal, Identity Dilemma) 1. Introduction Although a diverse endeavour, narrative research in (socio)linguistics and other disciplines (e.g., sociology, psychology) tends to employ specific kinds of data and methodologies which in turn generate a specific analytic vocabulary. In particular, departing from Labov’s (1972) influential model, numerous studies have

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