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Linguistic Construction of Figured Worlds, Identity, and Addiction in Female College Students

Newcomb, Katie Marie (2010) Linguistic Construction of Figured Worlds, Identity, and Addiction in Female College Students. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study presents an examination of the intersection of figured worlds, identity construction, and perception of addiction and an "addictive identity" in female college students. It investigates whether female college students conceptualize "college" as a figured world as theorized by Holland, Lachicotte Jr., Skinner, and Cain (1998), and whether (and to what extent) this figured world affects their willingness to accept and/or ascribe the identity label of "addict". Using sociolinguistic interviews, students were asked to describe aspects of, and their opinions on, college life in general, drinking and/or drug use in college, and finally how these opinions interacted for them with widely held definitions of "addict" and "addiction". Students' responses were analyzed according to Bucholtz & Hall's (1998) "tactics of intersubjectivity" to define the parameters of their identity formation, and how such formation is occurring within, and therefore likely influenced by, the figured world of "college".


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Newcomb, Katie Mariekmn31@pitt.eduKMN31
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKiesling, Scott Fkiesling@pitt.eduKIESLING
Committee MemberMauk, Claude Ecemauk@pitt.eduCEMAUK
Committee MemberMcEwan-Fujita, Emilyemcewan@pitt.eduEMCEWAN
Date: 1 June 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 26 March 2010
Approval Date: 1 June 2010
Submission Date: 19 April 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Linguistics
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural worlds; identity labels; linguistic identity construction; tactics of intersubjectivity; undergraduate
Other ID:, etd-04192010-100718
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:39
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


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