Community Of Practice: Eckert And Mcconnell-Ginet

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In this chapter, I will describe the three groups who took part in this study, their everyday lives and backgrounds. In describing these different groups, I approached them as communities of practice. I am drawing on Eckert and McConnell-Ginet (1992) where they argue communities of practice are identified as social groupings that do not only share abstract characteristics or simple co-presence but have a shared practice with regular joint activities. “A community of practice develops ways of doing things, power relations and ways of talking” (Eckert 2006:1). It is a process where participants collaborate to make sense of the world around them, (Eckert 2006). She acknowledges earlier work on speech communities (Labov 1966: Trudgill 1974: Wolfram
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