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Discourse and Identity, 2006

Discourse and Identity, 2006

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Published by: Diana Paola Guzmán Méndez on Apr 09, 2013
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Discourse and Identity
‘Benwell and Stokoe have produced an indispensable guide for anystudent or scholar interested in discourse and identity.This is a deft andhighly accessible overview ofa complex emerging body ofknowledge.The authors move confidently,with great panache,from social theory tothe micro details oflinguistic analysis,taking in the latest work on spatial,virtual and commodified identities along the way.A neat and illuminat-ing example can be found on every page,along with an important insightand an original line ofargument.
Discourse and Identity
isthe first schol-arly map ofthe field and is a “must own book”for every identityresearcher.’Professor Margaret Wetherell,Director ESRC Identities Programme,Social Sciences,Open University‘Engaging with a range ofcurrent theories and methods ofdiscourseanalysis,
Discourse and Identity
offers a critical overview ofthe ways inwhich researchers have approached the concept ofidentity.Benwell andStokoe draw on an impressive variety ofdiscourse contexts,from ordi-nary conversation among friends to magazine advertisements,fromonline interaction to talk about the neighbors.While
Discourse and Identity
illustrates a number ofdifferent approaches in depth,includingdiscursive psychology,critical discourse analysis,and several types of narrative analysis,the book’s particular strength is in demonstrating thetechniques and advantages ofethnomethodology and conversation analy-sis as tools for illuminating the workings ofidentity as an interactionalachievement.Students and scholars alike will find the text a helpfulresource in navigating the broad field ofdiscourse and identity research.’Mary Bucholtz,Associate Professor,Department ofLinguistics,University ofCalifornia,Santa Barbara

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