HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE TAKING AND THE SELF IN ONLINE COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS

Jolie C. Matthews*

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Abstract

This article investigates how members of an online community engaged in historical perspective taking in their discussions of the events and figures portrayed in a historical television show. As a means to justify their interpretations and situate themselves inside the possible mindsets of historical figures, members drew on three aspects of the “self” in their practices: the experience-self, the identity-self, and the abstract-self. Members challenged one another’s views and provided counterarguments to support challenges to their perspectives, while simultaneously failing to acknowledge the problematic elements sometimes inherent in their views. This article extends the literature on perspective taking, content analysis, and historical interpretation in community discussions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-499
Number of pages19
JournalDiscourse Processes
Volume59
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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