Constructing Identities at Work

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-01-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This edited collection presents cutting edge research on the process of identity construction in professional and institutional contexts, from corporate workplaces, to courtrooms, classrooms, and academia. The chapters consider how interactants do identity work and how identity is indexed (often in subtle ways) in workplace discourse.

Author Biography

Jo Angouri is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. Jo's areas of research specialisation are sociopragmatics and discourse analysis. Her current research focus is on discourse in a range of professional and health care settings. She has published work on meeting talk, workplace written discourse and (foreign) language use and language policy in the corporate workplace as well as the application and implications of sociolinguistic research. Jo has just completed a project on teamwork and leadership in medical emergencies. Meredith Marra is a member of the Wellington Language in the Workplace Project team and a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, where she teaches a range of courses in socio-linguistics. Meredith's primary research interest is the language of business meetings, and she has published in the areas of humour and gender in workplace interactions in Language in Society, the Journal of Politeness Research and Text Talk. She is co-author of Leadership, Discourse and Ethnicity.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresp. vii
Forewordp. viii
Notes on Contributorsp. xii
Investigating the Negotiation of Identity: A View from the Field of Workplace Discoursep. 1
Leadership Identity in Business Contexts
Leadership Style in Managers' Feedback in Meetingsp. 17
Be(com)ing a leader: A Case Study of Co-Constructing Professional Identities at Workp. 40
Chairing International Business Meetings: Investigating Humour and Leadership Style in the Workplacep. 61
'OK one last thing for today then': Constructing Identities in Corporate Meeting Talkp. 85
Rhetoric, Expertise and Ideology in Identity Construction
'Hard-working, team-oriented individuals': Constructing Professional Identities in Corporate Mission Statementsp. 103
"Yes then I will tell you maybe a little bit about the procedure" - Constructing Professional identity where there is not yet a Profession: The Case of Executive Coachingp. 127
Professional Identities in Institutional Contexts
Teachers, Students and Ways of Telling in Classroom Sites: A Case of Out-of-(Work) Place Identitiesp. 151
Identity-Work in Appellate Oral Argument: Ideological Identities within a Professional Onep. 175
Engaging Identities: Personal Disclosure and Professional Responsibilityp. 200
"We are not there. In fact now we will go to the garden to take the rain": Researcher Identity and the Observer's Paradoxp. 223
Indexp. 246
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