Writing and Identity: The Discoursal Construction of Identity in Academic Writing / Edition 1

Writing and Identity: The Discoursal Construction of Identity in Academic Writing / Edition 1

by Roz Ivanic
     
 

ISBN-10: 1556193238

ISBN-13: 9781556193231

Pub. Date: 03/01/1998

Publisher: Benjamins, John Publishing Company

Writing is not just about conveying ‘content’ but also about the representation of self. (One of the reasons people find writing difficult is that they do not feel comfortable with the ‘me’ they are portraying in their writing. Academic writing in particular often poses a conflict of identity for students in higher education, because the ‘…  See more details below

Overview

Writing is not just about conveying ‘content’ but also about the representation of self. (One of the reasons people find writing difficult is that they do not feel comfortable with the ‘me’ they are portraying in their writing. Academic writing in particular often poses a conflict of identity for students in higher education, because the ‘self’ which is inscribed in academic discourse feels alien to them.)
The main claim of this book is that writing is an act of identity in which people align themselves with socio-culturally shaped subject positions, and thereby play their part in reproducing or challenging dominant practices and discourses, and the values, beliefs and interests which they embody. The first part of the book reviews recent understandings of social identity, of the discoursal construction of identity, of literacy and identity, and of issues of identity in research on academic writing. The main part of the book is based on a collaborative research project about writing and identity with mature-age students, providing:
• a case study of one writer’s dilemmas over the presentation of self;
• a discussion of the way in which writers’ life histories shape their presentation of self in writing;
• an interview-based study of issues of ownership, and of accommodation and resistance to conventions for the presentation of self;
• linguistic analysis of the ways in which multiple, often contradictory, interests, values, beliefs and practices are inscribed in discourse conventions, which set up a range of possibilities for self-hood for writers.
The book ends with implications of the study for research on writing and identity, and for the learning and teaching of academic writing.
The book will be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of social identity, literacy, discourse analysis, rhetoric and composition studies, and to all those concerned to understand what is involved in academic writing in order to provide wider access to higher education.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556193231
Publisher:
Benjamins, John Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Series:
Studies in Written Language and Literacy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction1
Pt. 1Theoretical Approaches to Writing and Identity
Ch. 2Discourse and identity37
Ch. 3Literacy and identity57
Ch. 4Issues of identity in academic writing75
Pt. 2The Discoursal Construction of Identity in Academic Writing: An investigation with eight mature students
Ch. 5Introduction to Part Two109
Ch. 6Rachel Dean: A case study of writing and identity125
Ch. 7The origins of discoursal identity in writers' experience181
Ch. 8The sense of self and the role of the reader in the discoursal construction of writer identity215
Ch. 9The discoursal construction of academic community membership255
Ch. 10Multiple possibilities for self-hood in the academic discourse community281
Conclusion
Ch. 11Writer identity on the agenda in theory and in practice327
References347
Index363

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