Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1515/TEXT.2011.016
Title: Sharing as an activity type
Authors: Wee, L. 
Keywords: Activity type
discourse type
governmentality
identity
modernity
reflexivity
Issue Date: May-2011
Source: Wee, L. (2011-05). Sharing as an activity type. Text and Talk 31 (3) : 355-373. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1515/TEXT.2011.016
Abstract: This paper draws on the notion of activity type to analyze the sociopragmatics of sharing. It shows that sharing has acquired the status of a culturally salient activity, where it frames the ways in which individuals are expected to interact with one another. The data to be discussed are organized into two sets. The first set of data focuses on sharing as a personal and voluntary activity, and it largely supports the claims of the extended reflexivity thesis. That is, the activity of sharing allows individuals to fall back on resources such as the personal experiences of others in order to navigate a variety of social dilemmas, or even to simply create a sense of community. The second set of data looks at sharing as an institutionalized activity, and shows how, once institutionalized as sharing sessions, sharing can actually serve as a technology of governmentality. It imposes significant constraints on the social identities of individuals, who are thereby obligated to share in ways that support the institutional goals. © Walter de Gruyter.
Source Title: Text and Talk
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52397
ISSN: 18607330
DOI: 10.1515/TEXT.2011.016
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