The discursive negotiation of international student identities

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Title The discursive negotiation of international student identities
Author Haugh, Michael Bevan
Journal Name Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
Editor Bob Lingard, Martin Mills, Victoria Carrington
Year Published 2008
Place of publication London
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Research about identity has undergone a discursive turn in recent years, with a shift from conceptualising identity as an essentialistic, pre-existing construct that drives social interaction, to a more fluid and hybrid construct that is constituted through discourse. As a result, a number of recent studies investigating the construction of international student identities have supposedly adhered to this latter, postmodernist-inspired notion of identity in their analyses. However, upon closer examination, these studies appear to be premised on the assumption that what international students say can be equated with their identities, without critical attention being paid to the way in which identities emerge as a conjoint construct through interaction. In this paper, it is argued that identities are invariably jointly constructed by participants through discourse, even in interviews and focus groups where the researcher is ostensibly taking a neutral stance, and thus more attention needs to be paid to the ways in which identities are discursively negotiated through interaction.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 29
Issue Number 2
Page from 207
Page to 222
ISSN 0159-6306
Date Accessioned 2009-01-06
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research; Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics; PRE2009-Discourse and Pragmatics
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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