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Talking Sexuality: Religious Identity Construction in Rural Canada

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Drawing on Membership Categorization Analysis (Schegloff 2007b) and stance analysis (Du Bois 2007), this chapter uses interview and group discussion data from rural Canada to analyze how Christian Canadians identify themselves in relation to religion via attitudinal-stance-taking around same-sex marriage (SSM). The data analyzed are drawn from a larger study investigating discursive constructions of religious identity in rural Canada. The chapter pays particular attention to Christian Canadians' engagement in collaborative stance-taking; their precise choices of stance object; the linguistic resources with which they project different stances; and the support offered for those stances. In doing so, it highlights oft-neglected intra-group differences and shows how multiple religious identifications can be negotiated, not only across different settings but even within a single turn-at-talk - thereby bringing some complexity to confront the negative stereotypes in terms of which religious individuals are often depicted.

Keywords: Christian Canadians; collaborative stance-taking; discursive constructions; religious identity; rural Canada; same-sex marriage (SSM)



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