In contrast to other studies on identity, this book takes its point of departure in the complexities that characterize and shape both individuals and societies - past and present. Its chapters challenge demarcated fields of study and conceptions of identity as gender, identity as functional disability, identity as race, and identity as, or based upon language groupings. The contributions take a social practices perspective in their exploration of the performance, living and doing of identity positions across time and space. Many of the contributions take an intersectional stance and the majority report upon empirically driven studies that examine the ways in which micro-level analyses of naturally occurring human communication contribute to our understanding of identification processes. Specifically, they study the ways in which more recent dialogical and social theoretical-analytical frameworks allow for attending to the complexity and dynamics of identity processes; the ways in which institutional settings, media settings, community of practices and affinity spaces provide affordances and obstacles for different types of identity positions; and the ways in which shifts in identity positions can be traced across time and space.
Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta is Professor Chair in Education at the School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University, Sweden. She was, until 2016, Professor Chair at Gender Studies, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro university, Sweden. She is the scientific leader of the multidisciplinary network based research environment Communication, Culture and Diversity, CCD, since the end of the 1990s.
Aase Lyngvær Hansen is assistant professor (emerita) of Language and Communication from Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her multidisciplinary research focuses on interaction and learning in visually oriented classrooms. She has also worked for many years as teacher of the deaf and as a developer of teaching material for the deaf on video, DVD and internet.
Julie Feilberg is assistant professor of Language and Communication at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her research focuses ch
ild language development and professional and institutional discourse. She has also served for many years as pro-rector with responsibility for education and quality learning at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Preface.- Part I. Conceptional Framings of Identity in a Multifaceted World; Editor's Introduction.- Chapter 1. Many-Ways-of-Being. Identity as (Inter)Action; Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, Julie Feilberg and Aase Lyngvær Hansen.- Chapter 2. Positioning Theory and Life-Story Interviews: Discursive Fields, Gaze and Resistance; David Block.- Chapter 3. Co-Constructing the Adolescent's Identity: Agency and Autonomy as Interactional Accomplishments; Marina Everri and Laura Sterponi.- Chapter 4. The Complexities of Deaf Identities; Irene Leigh.- Part II. Making, Undoing and Remaking: Performing Identities; Editor's Introduction.- Chapter 5. Refusing What We Are: Communicating Counter-Identities and Prefiguring Social Change in New Social Movements; Paul McIlvenny.- Chapter 6. (Trans)Languaging and (Trans)Formation: Rethinking Identity in Adult Language Learning Classrooms; Jenny Rosén.- Chapter 7. The Passage of Time as a Narrative Resource in Constructing a "Better" Self; Julia Sacher.- Part III. Conveying Identities in Embodies Interaction; Editor's Introduction.- Chapter 8. Embodied Communication in Pedagogical Relationships: Dancing Interactions; Geraldene Codin, Bridget Egan, Ann Fox and Penny Lawrencea.- Chapter 9. "She Didn't Know I'm Black, You See" - Practices, Body Signs, and Professional Identity; Ellen Andenæs.- Part IV. Identity Work in Institutional and Technology Mediated Environments; Editor's Introduction.- Chapter 10. Mundane, Everyday Actions with Technology Questioning a Dominant View on Language Learning: A Case Study of a Deaf Sign Language Signer as a Learner of English; Elina Tapio.- Chapter 11. "Janne X Was Here". Portraying Identities and Negotiating Being and Belonging in Informal Literacy Practices; Annaliina Gynne.- Chapter 12. Identity and Culture Clashes in Cross Cultural Virtual Collaborations; Elisabeth Keating.- Chapter 13. Identity Negotiations in a Visually Oriented Virtual Classroom; Johan Hjulstad.- Afterword; Tommaso Milani.