ERIC Number: EJ887392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 8
Identity Construction in Powerful Institutions: A Commentary
Philips, Susan U.
Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, v7 n2-3 p230-235 2010
The articles in this issue focus on the collaborative and negotiated construction of identities in interaction. Most of the articles are concerned with the constitution of identities through time in powerful educational and legal institutional contexts. Here the emphasis is on the emergence of new identities being learned by some participants and/or imposed on them by others. In this commentary, the author will first consider in what senses the constitution of identities is "collaborative" in these works, giving particular attention to the representations of the "processual" nature of collaboration, or how identities develop through time. This is followed by discussion of how the articles in this collection conceptualize negotiated and "power" laden aspects of identity construction in interaction, including how such negotiation differs in educational versus legal "institutional" settings.
Descriptors: Self Concept, Identification, Interaction, Cooperation, Power Structure, Interpersonal Communication, Higher Education, Differences
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