Innovations and Challenges in Identity Research
Innovations and Challenges in Identity Research examines established and emergent issues within identity research.
This innovative book adopts a disciplinary transcendent approach, drawing on a range of social science, humanities and human science disciplines on the way to a detailed consideration of:
- the history of identity as a construct
- the components of a poststructuralist/social constructivist approach to identity
- the prospect of a Marxist political economy approach to identity
- the interrelationship between structure and agency and a model of structuring spheres
- an expanded version of positioning theory
- the digital universe as the future of identity research.
Leading researcher David Block provides a personal take on this key topic of study in applied linguistics and explains why and how discourse analysis is still a useful means through which we can understand identity today. The book is essential reading for students and academics studying and researching within the area of language and identity.
1 Revisiting identity: A short, selective history
2 Key elements in the poststructuralist/social constructivist approach to identity
3 Towards a Marxist approach to identity: From recognition and redistribution debates to a historical materialist view of being in the world
4 From structure and agency to structuring spheres
5 Expanding positioning theory
6 Applying the expanded model of positioning theory: An example