Intersubjective Tactics Essay

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This chapter examines intersubjective tactics utilised by male youth in their day to day interactions to negotiate identities within and across groups. I showcase how male youth negotiate identity and status within their groups and enact differences between local identities across groups. This negotiation of identities is accomplished through the linguistic practice of speaking tsotsitaal or ringas ‘youth speech styles’, as young men call it. In doing so, I illustrate how language serves to include or exclude young men across the three groups.

There are many roles male youth briefly adopt through the unfolding of discourse. This chapter will show how group interaction and status is characterised by attracting and maintaining an audience through

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