Friendship Talk as Identity Work: Defining the Self Through Friend Relationships
Abbreviated Journal Title
identity work; friendship; emerging adulthood; narrative self-identity; othering; INTERACTIONIST ANALYSIS; CONSTRUCTION; DISCOURSE; HOMELESS; COLLEGE; SUPPORT; Sociology
This paper places friendships at the center of individuals' identity work, examining how individuals construct self-identities through their talk about friend relationships and networks. We conceptualize this friendship talk as a subcategory of identity talk. From interviews with emerging adults, we find three strategies of friendship talk: envisioning self through others, betterment distancing, and situating with networks. These strategies demonstrate unique ways identity construction occurs through talk about friends. Individuals verbally connect with and separate from friends while constructing desired selves and moral identities. We suggest that friendship talk strategies may be generic social processes that apply beyond emerging adulthood.
"Friendship Talk as Identity Work: Defining the Self Through Friend Relationships" (2015). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 6398.