interpellation

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interpellation Within Louis Althusser's conception of the constitution of identity, this is the process by which agents (individuals) acquire their self-awareness as subjects, and the skills and attributes necessary for their social placement. Within the theory of discourse analysis the term refers to the ascription of such characteristics.

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interpellation †pleading, intercession XVI; †interruption XVII; (after F.) interruption of the order of the day in the French Chamber XIX. — L. interpellātiō, -ōn-, f. interpellāre interrupt by speaking, f. INTER- + -pellāre thrust or direct oneself.