The Routledge Handbook of Language and Identity provides a clear and comprehensive survey of the field of language and identity from an applied linguistics perspective.

Forty-one chapters are organised into five sections covering:

  • theoretical perspectives informing language and identity studies
  • key issues for researchers doing language and identity studies
  • categories and dimensions of identity
  • identity in language learning contexts and among language learners
  • future directions for language and identity studies in applied linguistics

Written by specialists from around the world, each chapter will introduce a topic in language and identity studies, provide a concise and critical survey, in which the importance and relevance to applied linguists is explained and include further reading.

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Identity is an essential purchase for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and TESOL. Advisory board: David Block (Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats/ Universitat de Lleida, Spain); John Joseph (University of Edinburgh); Bonny Norton (University of British Colombia, Canada).

chapter |16 pages


Language and identity in applied linguistics
BySiân Preece

part |111 pages

Perspectives on language and identity

chapter |15 pages

Historical perspectives on language and identity

ByJohn E. Joseph

chapter |16 pages

Positioning language and identity

Poststructuralist perspectives
ByJudith Baxter

chapter |16 pages

Identity in variationist sociolinguistics

ByRob Drummond, Erik Schleef

chapter |17 pages

Ethnomethodological and conversation analytic approaches to identity

ByBethan Benwell, Elizabeth Stokoe

chapter |15 pages

Language and identity in linguistic ethnography

ByMiguel Pérez-Milans

chapter |15 pages

Critical discourse analysis and identity

ByKarin Zotzmann, John P. O’Regan

part |126 pages

Categories and dimensions of identity

chapter |15 pages

Language and ethnic identity

ByVally Lytra

chapter |17 pages

Language, race and identity

ByTope Omoniyi

chapter |16 pages

Identity in post-colonial contexts

ByPriti Sandhu, Christina Higgins

chapter |15 pages

Language and religious identities

ByAna Souza

chapter |15 pages

Language and gender identities

ByLucy Jones

chapter |16 pages

Language and non-normative sexual identities

ByJohn Gray

chapter |14 pages

Class 1 in language and identity research

ByDavid Block

part |79 pages

Researching the language and identity relationship

chapter |15 pages

Ethics in language and identity research

ByAnna Kristina Hultgren, Elizabeth J. Erling, Qumrul Hasan Chowdhury

chapter |17 pages

A linguistic ethnography of identity

Adopting a heteroglossic frame
ByAdrian Blackledge, Angela Creese

chapter |15 pages

The politics 1 of researcher identities

Opportunities and challenges in identities research
ByFrances Giampapa

chapter |14 pages

Beyond the micro–macro interface in language and identity research

ByKristine Horner, John Bellamy

part |169 pages

Language and identity case studies

chapter |14 pages

Constructing age identity

The case of Mexican EFL learners
ByPatricia Andrew

chapter |16 pages

An identity transformation?

Social class, language prejudice and the erasure of multilingual capital in higher education 1
BySiân Preece

chapter |14 pages

Being a language teacher in the content classroom

Teacher identity and content and language integrated learning (CLIL)
ByTom Morton

chapter |17 pages

Disability identities and category work in institutional practices

The case of a ‘typical ADHD girl'
ByEva Hjörne, Ann-Carita Evaldsson

chapter |15 pages

‘Comes with the territory'

Expert–novice and insider–outsider identities in police interviews
ByFrances Rock

chapter |15 pages

Language, gender and identities in political life

A case study from Malaysia
ByLouise Mullany, Melissa Yoong

chapter |15 pages


Discursive negotiations of a homomasculine identity 1
ByTommaso M. Milani

chapter |18 pages

Styling and identity in a second language 1

ByBen Rampton

chapter |16 pages

Construction of heritage language and cultural identities

A case study of two young British-Bangladeshis in London
ByQumrul Hasan Chowdhury

chapter |12 pages

Minority languages and group identity

Scottish Gaelic in the Old World and the New
ByJohn Edwards

part |97 pages

Future directions

chapter |16 pages

Intersectionality in language and identity research

ByDavid Block, Victor Corona

chapter |18 pages

Language and identity in the digital age

ByRon Darvin

chapter |17 pages

Language and identity research in online environments

A multimodal ethnographic perspective
ByMyrrh Domingo

chapter |14 pages

Exploring neoliberal language, discourses and identities

ByChristian W. Chun

chapter |14 pages

The future of identity research

Impact and new developments in sociolinguistics
ByBettina Beinhoff, Sebastian M. Rasinger

chapter |16 pages

Identity in language learning and teaching

Research agendas for the future
ByPeter De Costa, Bonny Norton