Identity Struggles

Evidence from workplaces around the world

ORCID logoStephanie Schnurr | University of Warwick
ISBN 9789027206602 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027265883 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This collection provides a kaleidoscopic view of a range of identity struggles in the workplace context. It features twenty-two case studies that present an eclectic mix of workplaces in different socio-cultural contexts. They include, among others, household workers in Peru and Hong Kong, female professionals in India and the UK, social workers in Botswana and on Canadian reserves, tourist guides in Europe and construction workers in New Zealand. The volume addresses important questions on professional competence, group membership, (sometimes competing) expectations, and identity boundaries. The chapters establish that identity struggles are a reflection of issues of knowledge, competing norms and attempts for social change.
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Identity Struggles offers a refined view of how interactants negotiate their roles in the workplace. Generally following a constructivist approach to identity construction, it draws on a rich set of methodological and theoretical approaches and offers insights derived from the study of an impressive range of cultural and linguistic contexts. It is a must-read for scholars of workplace interaction and analysts interested in the intricate interplay of language and action resulting in interpersonal effects.”
“The reader should be assured that the investment required in terms of time will pay dividends in terms of knowledge gained. The volume is one to which the reader will continually return as there is much to be gleaned from the individual chapters. The book is delivered in such a way that it does not presuppose detailed knowledge of identity research. Therefore, both novice as well as seasoned researchers will find this volume beneficial. In closing, the editors and contributors alike should be congratulated for enriching the field of identity research with such a rich mine of inspirational ideas, methods, and analytical tools.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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