Self-Work in Social Interaction: Negotiating Role-Identities.

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      Using a dyadic role-play exercise, this study examines the strategies used by interactants to negotiate role-identities. Subjects were found to utilize self-attributes in producing basic moves such as claims to, and repudiations of, the role-identity of outstanding student. Claims and repudiations were subject to various kinds of definitional work by ego in the form of aligning actions. Alter also produced definitional work on previous claims in the form of challenges and counter claims. These findings also shed light on how interactants solved the problem of situational relevance in the negotiations by using strategies in which they locally managed the selection or definition of relevant attributes. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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