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Place-related identity, texts, and transcultural meanings

journal contribution
posted on 2012-12-01, 00:00 authored by D Wyse, M Nikolajeva, Emma CharltonEmma Charlton, G Cliff Hodges, P Pointon, L Taylor
The spatial turn has been marked by increasing interest in conceptions of space and place in diverse areas of research. However, the important links between place and identity have received less attention, particularly in educational research. This paper reports an 18-month research project that aimed to develop a theory of place-related identity through the textual transactions of reading and writing. The research was an in-depth qualitative study in two phases: the first phase involved the development of an interdisciplinary theory of place-related identity, which was ‘tested’ in a second empirical phase. Two contrasting primary school classes were the site for the research that included the development of a unit of work, inspired by the book My place, as a vehicle for exploring place-related identity. The data were interviews, classroom observations and outcomes from pupils’ work. The construct of transcultural meanings, established from the analytic categories of localising identity, othering identity and identity as belonging, was identified as a defining phenomenon of place-related identity. The conclusions offer reflections on the development of our initial theory as a result of the empirical work, and the implications for practice and future research.

History

Journal

British educational research journal

Volume

38

Issue

6

Pagination

1019 - 1039

Publisher

Wiley - Blackwell Publishing

Location

Chichester, England

ISSN

0141-1926

eISSN

1469-3518

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article