Negotiating multiple identities between school and the outside world: A critical discourse analysis

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Title Negotiating multiple identities between school and the outside world: A critical discourse analysis
Author Ryan, Mary; Johnson, Greer
Journal Name Critical Studies in Education
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This article examines interview talk of three students in an Australian high school to show how they negotiate their young adult identities between school and the outside world. It draws on Bakhtin's concepts of dialogism and heteroglossia to argue that identities are linguistically and corporeally constituted. A critical discourse analysis of segments of transcribed interviews and student-related public documents finds a mismatch between a social justice curriculum at school and its transfer into students' accounts of outside school lived realities. The article concludes that a productive social justice pedagogy must use its key principles of (con)textual interrogation to engage students in reflexive practice about their positioning within and against discourses of social justice in their student and civic lives. An impending national curriculum must decide whether or not it negotiates the discursive divide any better.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17508480903009574
Volume 50
Issue Number 3
Page from 247
Page to 260
ISSN 1750-8487
Date Accessioned 2009-10-30
Date Available 2010-03-08T06:28:59Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29103
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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