Discourse and Identity by Professor Bethan Benwell, Professor Elizabeth Stokoe

By Professor Bethan Benwell, Professor Elizabeth Stokoe

Across the social sciences and arts, ''identity'' is more and more handled as whatever actively and publicly created via discourse. This e-book examines daily dialog, institutional settings, narrative, spatial destinations, and different occasions the place humans do ''identity work.'' The authors display more than a few analytical the way to learn this discursive identification and hyperlink them to greater serious debates. that includes numerous unique case reviews, useful guideline for research, and extra steered readings, this e-book bargains worthwhile perception into the discursive elements of identity.

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The basis of the Enlightenment movement was faith in the ability of human reason, and it emerged out of the humanism characterising the Renaissance two centuries earlier.      This humanist perspective was intimately tied to a growing secularisation, the use of reason, experimental scientific method and an emphasis on individuality. The individual was conceptualised as a ‘self-sufficient subject of action endowed with instrumental rationality’ (Gil : ). Two key thinkers paved the way for the ideas culminating in the Enlightenment: Descartes (–) and Locke (–).

Freud’s ideas have been taken up enthusiastically in a variety of disciplines. Critical, literary and narrative theorists have applied his observations about the sublimation of desire, and the influence of the unconscious upon conscious thought, to the study of literary texts (for example, Ellman ). Some discourse analysts, having previously resisted treating language as a window on the mind (where cognitions, psychodynamic constructs, and so on, ‘exist’), are increasingly combining discourse analysis with psychoanalysis to investigate the ‘defended psycho-social’ subject (for example, Hollway and Jefferson ; see Chapter ).

Some discourse analysts, having previously resisted treating language as a window on the mind (where cognitions, psychodynamic constructs, and so on, ‘exist’), are increasingly combining discourse analysis with psychoanalysis to investigate the ‘defended psycho-social’ subject (for example, Hollway and Jefferson ; see Chapter ). Another psychoanalytic theorist, Lacan (for example, ), was interested in accounting for the way in which subjects come to recognise or identify themselves and integrate into social life.

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