Positive Social Self: Symbolic Construction of Social Identity in Digital Storytelling

By Polina Vinogradova.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This study investigates how the authors of digital stories negotiate their positive social identities using a combination of verbal and visual narrative means. This paper reports on discourse analysis of ten digital stories and studies the ways the authors position themselves within the plots of their digital narratives. The study also investigates the strategies the authors use to negotiate their positive social identities and the ways the authors combine verbal narration with visual images in order to convey the meaning. The results reveal that gender, ethnicity, and cultural background affect the ways the authors negotiate their positive social identities. Moreover, the authors use the strategies of social creativity, social mobility, and social competition creating positive images of themselves. Thus, gender, ethnic, and cultural identities underlie the choice of strategies for positive social identity negotiation.

Keywords: Digital Stories, Narratives, Positive Social Identity, Self-Positioning, Self-Categorization

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 8, pp.69-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 560.837KB).

Polina Vinogradova

PhD Student, PhD Program in Language, Literacy and Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, USA

Polina Vinogradova is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia where she obtained her dual undergraduate degree in Teaching Chemistry and English, taught a variety of EFL courses, worked as an interpreter, and developed educational software at Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. Polina also has an MA Degree in TESOL from the University of Northern Iowa and an MA Degree in Intercultural Communication from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Currently she is a PhD student in Language, Literacy and Culture Program at UMBC. Polina’s research interests are in identity and discourse analysis in a multicultural context. She conducted several studies on identity realization in narrative plots of non-US-born women and on symbolism and identity negotiation in digital storytelling. Currently she is researching identity negotiation in digital stories produced by international/ESL students.


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