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Text & Talk

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies

Ed. by Sarangi, Srikant

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Volume 28, Issue 2 (Mar 2008)

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Frame switches and identity performances: Alternating between online and offline

Pål André Aarsand
Published Online: 2008-03-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/TEXT.2008.007

Abstract

This study problematizes activity frames and participation frameworks (Goffman 1981), exploring how students deploy online (MSN Messenger) and offline activity frames in identity performances. One problem in analyzing participation frameworks and particularly notions of subordinate forms, like crossplay, byplay, and sideplay, is that these concepts require that the analyst can identify one dominant activity. This was not possible in the present data, which consist of video recordings of computer activities in a seventh-grade classroom. It is shown how MSN (online) identities were invoked in subsequent and intermittent face-to-face interaction; a dialogue that started on MSN would continue in face-to-face interaction, and vice versa. This means that frame switches constituted important features of the students' identity work. Similarly, the students employed nicknames or what are here called tags, that is, textual-visual displays of ‘speaker’ identities, located in the boundary zone between online and offline activities. In the classroom interactions, there was thus not one dominant activity frame, but rather the activities involved borderwork, and more specifically frame switches and a strategic use of tags.

Keywords: participation framework; activity frames; online activities; offline activities; identities; borderwork

About the article

Pål André Aarsand

Received his Ph.D. from the Department of Child Studies, Linköping University, Sweden. His research interest lies in discourse analysis and children's and young people's use of information and communication technology. In recent publications, he focuses on computer gaming among children.


*Address for correspondence: Department of Child Studies, Linköping University, 581 83 Linköping, Sweden


Published Online: 2008-03-12

Published in Print: 2008-03-01


Citation Information: Text & Talk - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse Communication Studies, ISSN (Online) 1860-7349, ISSN (Print) 1860-7330, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/TEXT.2008.007.

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