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Discourse and Identity - Bethan Benwell

Paperback Published: 14th March 2006
ISBN: 9780748617500
Number Of Pages: 328
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Across the social sciences and humanities, "identity" is increasingly treated as something actively and publicly created through discourse. This book examines everyday conversation, institutional settings, narrative, spatial locations, and other situations where people do "identity work." The authors demonstrate a range of analytical methods to study this discursive identity and link them to larger critical debates. Featuring several original case studies, practical instruction for analysis, and additional suggested readings, this book offers invaluable insight into the discursive components of identity.

The book provides an excellent overview and synthesis of a variety of approaches to exploring identity in discourse and along the way reviews the contemporary state of the methodological debates. Media International Australia This well-presented and easy to access text makes a valuable contribution to this developing field of discourse and identity. Japan Journal of Multilingualism and Multiculturalism Benwell and Stokoe have produced an indispensable guide for any student or scholar interested in discourse and identity. This is a deft and highly accessible overview of a complex emerging body of knowledge. The authors move confidently, with great panache, from social theory to the micro details of linguistic analysis, taking in the latest work on spatial, virtual and commodified identities along the way. A neat and illuminating example can be found on every page, along with an important insight and an original line of argument. Discourse and Identity is the first scholarly map of the field and is a 'must own book' for every identity researcher. -- Professor Margaret Wetherell, Director ESRC Identities Programme, Social Sciences, Open University Discourse and Identity is a richly detailed and usefully opinionated guidebook to a growing area of scholarship. Engaging with a range of current theories and methods of discourse analysis, the book offers a critical overview of the ways in which researchers have approached the concept of identity. Benwell and Stokoe draw on an impressive variety of discourse contexts, from ordinary conversation among friends to magazine advertisements, from online interaction to talk about the neighbours. While Discourse and Identity illustrates a number of different approaches in depth, including discursive psychology, critical discourse analysis, and several types of narrative analysis, the book's particular strength is in demonstrating the techniques and advantages of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis as tools for illuminating the workings of identity as an interactional achievement. Students and scholars alike will find the text a helpful resource in navigating the broad field of discourse and identity research. -- Mary Bucholtz, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara This is a highly original and timely volume ... This book will be an invaluable supplementary text for postgraduate students in many disciplines and a much-needed resource for scholars. -- BAAL Book Prize Reviewer Baal News Discourse and Identity is an extraordinarily ambitious and confident book ... but the two authors do manage to pull this off. I was impressed! -- BAAL Book Prize Reviewer Baal News A stimulating resource for those seeking to broaden their analytic appreciation. -- Will Turner, University of Leeds Discourse Studies This book is an excellent addition to the existing growing literature on the study of identity through discourse ... Discourse and identity succeeds in providing in an accessible way an insightful and clearly written book that will inspire many, linguists and non-linguists. But above all, it will be particularly helpful to those looking at ways of teasing out issues of identity in discourse. -- Cristina Ros i Sole, University College, London Sociolinguistic Studies The book provides an excellent overview and synthesis of a variety of approaches to exploring identity in discourse and along the way reviews the contemporary state of the methodological debates. This well-presented and easy to access text makes a valuable contribution to this developing field of discourse and identity. Benwell and Stokoe have produced an indispensable guide for any student or scholar interested in discourse and identity. This is a deft and highly accessible overview of a complex emerging body of knowledge. The authors move confidently, with great panache, from social theory to the micro details of linguistic analysis, taking in the latest work on spatial, virtual and commodified identities along the way. A neat and illuminating example can be found on every page, along with an important insight and an original line of argument. Discourse and Identity is the first scholarly map of the field and is a 'must own book' for every identity researcher. Discourse and Identity is a richly detailed and usefully opinionated guidebook to a growing area of scholarship. Engaging with a range of current theories and methods of discourse analysis, the book offers a critical overview of the ways in which researchers have approached the concept of identity. Benwell and Stokoe draw on an impressive variety of discourse contexts, from ordinary conversation among friends to magazine advertisements, from online interaction to talk about the neighbours. While Discourse and Identity illustrates a number of different approaches in depth, including discursive psychology, critical discourse analysis, and several types of narrative analysis, the book's particular strength is in demonstrating the techniques and advantages of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis as tools for illuminating the workings of identity as an interactional achievement. Students and scholars alike will find the text a helpful resource in navigating the broad field of discourse and identity research. This is a highly original and timely volume ... This book will be an invaluable supplementary text for postgraduate students in many disciplines and a much-needed resource for scholars. Discourse and Identity is an extraordinarily ambitious and confident book ... but the two authors do manage to pull this off. I was impressed! A stimulating resource for those seeking to broaden their analytic appreciation. This book is an excellent addition to the existing growing literature on the study of identity through discourse ... Discourse and identity succeeds in providing in an accessible way an insightful and clearly written book that will inspire many, linguists and non-linguists. But above all, it will be particularly helpful to those looking at ways of teasing out issues of identity in discourse.

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Data: Transcription, Ethics and Anonymisationp. viii
List of Figures and Tablesp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Approaches
Theorising Discourse and Identityp. 17
Conversational Identitiesp. 48
Institutional Identitiesp. 87
Narrative Identitiesp. 129
Contexts
Commodified Identitiesp. 165
Spatial Identitiesp. 204
Virtual Identitiesp. 243
Referencesp. 280
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780748617500
ISBN-10: 0748617507
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 14th March 2006
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.6  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.51

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