1st Edition

Innovations and Challenges in Identity Research

By David Block Copyright 2022
    158 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    158 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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

    7 Conclusion




    David Block is Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies) (ICREA) Research Professor in Sociolinguistics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He has published books, articles and chapters on a variety of topics, adopting in recent years a Marxist perspective in his analysis of contemporary social phenomena. He is co-editor (with Sarah Khan) of The Secret Life of English-Medium Instruction (Routledge, 2021).