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Shrikant, Natasha Assistant Professor

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  • I use ethnography and discourse analysis to examine how naturally occurring interactions negotiate meanings about identity and inequality. I take an inductive approach where I analyze if and how participants orient to inequality through mundane, seemingly personal interactions. Analyzing everyday interaction sheds light on ways that larger scale processes such as racialization, identity politics, and ideology appear in participants’ lived experiences. Past research focuses on the interactional accomplishment of racial identity in a South Asian youth organization and gender and sexuality identities in a lesbian community. My current project is a comparative study between how White and minority business people navigate politics of race and gender through their daily business interactions.

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  • Discourse analysis, identity, culture, race, ethnicity, ethnography

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