Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …

Text & Talk

An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies

Ed. by Sarangi, Srikant

6 Issues per year

IMPACT FACTOR 2016: 0.448
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.686

CiteScore 2016: 0.63

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.644
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.508

See all formats and pricing
More options …
Volume 28, Issue 2 (Mar 2008)


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


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.

Export Citation

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

Pål Aarsand and Lucas Forsberg
Qualitative Research, 2010, Volume 10, Number 2, Page 249
Helen Nicholson and Brigid Carroll
Human Relations, 2013, Volume 66, Number 9, Page 1225
Brigid Carroll and Helen Nicholson
Human Relations, 2014, Volume 67, Number 11, Page 1413
Miriam A. Locher, Brook Bolander, and Nicole Höhn
Pragmatics, 2015, Volume 25, Number 1, Page 1
Elizabeth Keating and Chiho Sunakawa
Language in Society, 2010, Volume 39, Number 03, Page 331

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in