GSE Publications

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 2005


Socialization takes place intertextually, across events. This article develops the concept "trajectory of socialization," a connected series of events across which individuals come to participate in forms of life. The empirical analysis follows a trajectory of socialization traveled by one ninth-grade student as she gets socialized into academic life in an urban U.S. school. This student's trajectory illustrates how connections across events emerge contingently, as both local and more widely circulating resources contribute to social identification across time.


Published as Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Volume 15, Issue 1, 2005, pages 95-112. © 2005 by the Regents of the University of California/American Anthropological Association. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U.S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California/on behalf of the American Anthropological Association for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® on Caliber ( /AnthroSource ( or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center, ( ).


language socialization, intertextuality, social identity



Date Posted: 28 February 2007

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