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The Applied Linguistic Individual The Applied Linguistic Individual
Sociocultural Approaches to Identity, Agency and Autonomy
Edited by: Phil Benson, Lucy Cooker

Series: Studies in Applied Linguistics

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Although Applied Linguistics research now emphasizes the social over the individual, qualitative research approaches often foreground the individual. Identity, agency and autonomy have also emerged as important, but contested, constructs in sociocultural approaches to research

This book addresses the current status of the ‘Applied Linguistic individual’ through contributions, from Asia, Australasia, Europe, and North and South America, that discuss the role of the individual in research from perspectives including Sociocultural Theory, Situated Learning, Imagined Communities, Complexity Theory, and Autonomy Theory.

The first part of the book examines theoretical tensions between the social and the individual in their approaches, while the second part explores how they are resolved in data-based research.

Part 1: Introduction
1. The Social and the Individual in Applied Linguistics Research
Phil Benson and Lucy Cooker

Part 2: Theoretical Perspectives
2. Sociocultural Theory and the Dialectics of L2 Learner Autonomy/Agency
James P. Lantolf, Pennsylvania State University

3. The Struggle to Belong: Individual Language Learners in Situated Learning Theory
Martin Lamb, University of Leeds

4. Individuality, Imagination and Community in a Globalizing World: An Asian EFL Perspective
Tomoko Yashima, Kansai University, Japan

5. Chaos and the Complexity of Second Language Acquisition
Vera Lúcia Menezes de Oliveira e Paiva

6. Drifting In and Out of View: Autonomy and the Social Individual
Phil Benson

Part 3: The Individual in Research
7. A Social-Ecological Exploration of Autonomy, Beliefs and Identity
Jane Kehrwald, Massey University, New Zealand

8. Teenagers Making Senses of Their Foreign Language Practices: Individual Accounts Indexing Social Discourses
Anne Pitkänen-Huhta and Tarja Nikula, both at University of Jyväskylä

9. Individuality in L2 Identity Construction: The Stories of Two Chinese Learners of English
Gu Mingyue, The Hong Kong Institute of Education

10. The Ideal Sexual Self: The Motivational Investments of Japanese Gay Male Learners of English
Ashley Moore, Kanda University, Japan

11. Using Dynamic Systems/Complexity Theory in Linguistic Data Analysis: A Language Ecology Approach to the Study of Individual and Social Process
Anne Whiteside, City College of San Francisco

12. A Tale of Two Teachers: Teachers Identity and the Care of the Self in an Era of Accountability
Matthew Clarke, University of New South Wales

Part 4: Conclusion
13. The Applied Linguistic Individual: Gaining Perspective
Phil Benson and Lucy Cooker

ISBN-13 (Hardback)9781908049384
Price (Hardback)£65.00/$125.00
ISBN-13 (Paperback)9781908049391
Price (Paperback)£19.99/$29.95
Publication DateApril 2013
Size234 x 156mm
Illustrations3 figures

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