One of the most important aspects to build a community of practice is the ability of each member to figure what and how the other thinks (Wenger, 1998). Often specialized practices are formed also thanks to the positioning and re-positioning of individuals in relation to the tools, group, and the even the practice itself. These are complex negotiation processes, involving various verbal and not verbal communicational aspects. This article analyses a group of technical engineers, with different degree of competence. This group works around a complex tool measuring the resistance of various materials meant for structural work. Interactions were video-recorded and later the transcripts were analysed in detail through a methodology partially inspired by Goodwin (1986; 2000), partially defined in purpose. This methodology combines verbal and not-verbal interaction. The analysis of the interactions allows tracking down complex negotiation strategies about identity and about the sense of the community. These strategies are interwoven with both the modalities of sense making concerning the practices and the fluid and dynamic movements of the participants’ identity positioning.

Processi di negoziazione e posizionamenti identitari in una comunità di pratiche

ANNESE, Susanna
2005

Abstract

One of the most important aspects to build a community of practice is the ability of each member to figure what and how the other thinks (Wenger, 1998). Often specialized practices are formed also thanks to the positioning and re-positioning of individuals in relation to the tools, group, and the even the practice itself. These are complex negotiation processes, involving various verbal and not verbal communicational aspects. This article analyses a group of technical engineers, with different degree of competence. This group works around a complex tool measuring the resistance of various materials meant for structural work. Interactions were video-recorded and later the transcripts were analysed in detail through a methodology partially inspired by Goodwin (1986; 2000), partially defined in purpose. This methodology combines verbal and not-verbal interaction. The analysis of the interactions allows tracking down complex negotiation strategies about identity and about the sense of the community. These strategies are interwoven with both the modalities of sense making concerning the practices and the fluid and dynamic movements of the participants’ identity positioning.
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