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Identity research is at the heart of many trans-disciplinary research centers around the world. No single social science discipline `owns' identity research and The SAGE Handbook of Identities draws on a global scholarship to cover in four parts its: Frameworks: presents the main theoretical and methodological perspectives in identities research.Formations: covers the major formative forces for identities such as culture, globalization, migratory patterns, biology and so on.Categories: reviews research on the core social categories which are central to identity such as ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability and social class and intersections between these.Sites and Context: develops a series of case studies of crucial sites and contexts where identity is at stake such as social movements, relationships and family life, work-places and environments and citizenship.

Analysing Identity in Interaction: Contrasting Discourse, Genealogical, Narrative and Conversation Analysis
Analysing identity in interaction: Contrasting discourse, genealogical, narrative and conversation analysis

This chapter will describe and demonstrate discourse-based approaches to the theorising and empirical analysis of identity in interaction. We start by describing the history of and context for the ‘discursive turn’ in identity studies. We set out two broadly competing trajectories for the study of discourse and identity: first, Foucauldian, genealogical forms of discourse analysis, encompassing critical discourse analysis, performativity theory, positioning theory, critical discursive psychology and some forms of narrative analysis; and second, ethnomethodological approaches such as conversation analysis (CA), membership categorisation and discursive psychology. We then provide two empirical case studies to contrast and evaluate these traditions. We conclude with a discussion ...

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