“Whatever (Neck Roll, Eye Roll, Teeth Suck)”: The Situated Coproduction of Social Categories and Identities through Stancetaking and Transmodal Stylization

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  • Marjorie Harness Goodwin,

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    1. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
      Marjorie Harness Goodwin
      Department of Anthropology
      341 Haines Hall—Box 951553
      University of California Los Angeles
      Los Angeles, CA 90095-1553
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  • H. Samy Alim

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    1. STANFORD UNIVERSITY
      H. Samy Alim
      Stanford University
      School of Education and (by courtesy) Linguistics
      Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity
      485 Lasuen Mall
      Stanford, CA 94305-3096
      halim@stanford.edu
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Marjorie Harness Goodwin
Department of Anthropology
341 Haines Hall—Box 951553
University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1553

H. Samy Alim
Stanford University
School of Education and (by courtesy) Linguistics
Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity
485 Lasuen Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-3096
halim@stanford.edu

Abstract

This article examines the argumentative talk of a preadolescent girls' peer group demonstrating both the co-construction of microinteractional identities as well as the coproduction of macro-social identity categories, such as race, class, and gender. Activities of social aggression are performed through embodied styling and stancetaking in the midst of oppositional moves towards a “tagalong” girl. Through transmodal stylization girls openly mock an African American working-class girl using talk associated with wealthy white “Valley Girls,” while simultaneously producing gestures associated with working-class black “Ghetto Girls.” Through the use of different communicative modalities girls simultaneously index multiple culturally salient representations. [stance, style, peer group, conflict talk, identity]

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