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ERIC Number: EJ810458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1542-7587
Accessing Imagined Communities and Reinscribing Regimes of Truth
Carroll, Sherrie; Motha, Suhanthie; Price, Jeremy N.
Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, v5 n3 p165-191 Jul 2008
In this article, we explore the complex and nebulous terrain between two theoretical concepts, imagined communities (Norton, 2000, 2001), that is, individuals' imagined affiliations with certain groups, and regimes of truth (Foucault, 1980), dominant images inscribed and reinscribed into individual consciousness until they become normative. Using the context of two research studies, one a critical narrative study of life-story narratives of L2 users and the other a critical feminist ethnography of beginning ESOL teachers, the researchers examine the ways in which social structures and contexts can behave simultaneously as tyrannizing regimes of truth and as liberating imagined communities. This inherent contradiction illuminates the ways in which the two theoretical constructs taken together can lead to a more complex and nuanced understanding of identity construction. (Contains 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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