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Identities in Context: Individuals and Discourse in Action

ISBN: 978-1-4051-9119-7
248 pages
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Identities in Context is a comprehensive guide to contemporary discursive research on issues relating to identity across a variety of contexts. 
  • Provides a comprehensive guide to contemporary discursive research on identity
  • Introduces themes and concepts in a structured way that allows readers to easier assimilate the different aspects of discourse and identity
  • Offers a narrative account of how discursive research has contributed to the understanding of various phenomena, such as interactions in legal and health care settings
  • Features several reader-friendly aids, including chapter outlines and a glossary of terms and concepts
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Table of Contents

About the authors.



1. Introduction.

2. National identities.

3. Ethnic and religious identities.

4. Gender identities.

5. Health identities.

6. Identities and the law.

7. Organizations, work and identities.

8. Virtual identities.




Author Index.

Subject Index.

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Author Information

Andrew McKinlay is Head of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. He has published research on issues of identity, identity management, and the discursive challenges of 'problem' identities in a wide variety of academic journals.

Chris McVittie is Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology and Qualitative Methods at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He has published widely on topics related to the social psychology of communication and the study of identities.

McKinlay and McVittie are co-authors of Social Psychology and Discourse (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).

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“The book, on the whole, is an excellent introduction to discourse and identity, balancing the need for engagement in the field of research and in-depth discussions of the issues with comprehensive coverage of the features and aspects of identities. It achieves this in an elegant way, making the concepts and debates clear and coherent for a wide audience.”  (Discourse and Communication, 1 October 2013)

"...it is a book that I am happy to recommend to my students, it is clearly written and takes students and interested readers through a journey of some of the significant contributions that discursive identity research has made." (QMiP Bulletin, 2012)

A very fluent, appealing and above all accessible book. The authors have presented the discursive approach to identities in a way that students will find attractive and intelligible. It's a pleasure to read, and brings some welcome order to a fast-changing intellectual landscape. A real achievement.
Charles Antaki, Professor of Language and Social Psychology, Loughborough University, UK

McKinlay and McVittie have triumphed again; this is an illuminated synthesis of work on identities and discourse.  The accessible and engaging style will delight students and new researchers alike, offering neat empirical examples and summaries of contemporary research in the field.  The focus on identity in everyday life offers a particular charm.  This is identity in all its enacted, contested, moment-to-moment magic.
Sally Wiggins, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Strathclyde, UK.

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