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by Van De Mierop / Schnurr Published by John Benjamins
This collection of research articles, written by experts on discourse and identity, provides a kaleidoscopic view of a range of identity struggles in the workplace context. It features twenty-two case studies that present an eclectic mix of workplaces in different socio-cultural contexts, including, among others, household workers in Peru and Hong Kong, female professionals in India and the UK, social workers in Botswana and on Canadian reserves, tourist guides in Europe, and construction workers in New Zealand. Taking different analytical and methodological approaches to the topic of identity, each chapter addresses important questions regarding professional competence, group membership, (sometimes competing) expectations, and identity boundaries. The chapters establish that identity struggles are a reflection of issues of knowledge, competing norms and attempts for social change.