Identity transformation in education for sustainable development: a question of location
2009 (English)In: QSE. International journal of qualitative studies in education, ISSN 0951-8398, E-ISSN 1366-5898, Vol. 53, no 5, 461-479 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Traditionally the individual "I" is described as a relatively stable entity that is carried from one situation to another. However, a growing body of research has argued for a more flexible approach to identity. This article looks at identity as something situated and transformed in social transaction. The analysis made here examines three aspects of identity formation disjunctive space, inter-subjective space and ethical space. We study the rhythmic shift between those different identity spaces in six college students' ongoing conversation concerning sustainable development, human freedom, and solidarity. It is shown how identity is constituted in the three different spaces during student discourse. We demonstrate how identity is part of a continuous and contingent inter-human activity, where the interlocutors are constantly forced to answer the question: Who are you? We discuss the consequences of this finding for education for sustainable development.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 53, no 5, 461-479 p.
education for sustainable development, freedom, identity transformation, social transaction, solidarity, student discourse
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-24485DOI: 10.1080/00313830903180752ISI: 000269694800004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-24485DiVA: diva2:197639