Producing Selves: The Analytical Utility of Theorizing About Identities Across Spaces, Narratives, Activities, and Time
Producing Selves: The Analytical Utility of Thorizing About Identities Across Spaces, Narratives, Activities, and Time
The primary objective of this session is to compare and contrast the analytical utility of nuanced theoretical approaches to understanding identity construction in relation to larger cultural-historical processes and everyday practices. The four papers reflect a range of perspectives developed from a shared sociocultural approach to the study of identity. Each presentation focuses on the author’s framework for understanding the activities and self-narratives that inform participants’ identities and presents data that illustrate the utility of their theoretical approach for understanding participants’ realities. The session as a whole will highlight the need for identity research to coordinate narrative and practice-based lenses across time scales.
Cook, M. S. (chair), Fields, D. A. (organizer), Ching, C. C., Devane, B., & Wortham. S. (discussant), (2011, April). Producing selves: The analytical utility of theorizing about identities across spaces, narratives, activities, and time. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.