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The Applied Linguistic Individual

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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.

Published: Apr 1, 2013


Section Chapter Authors
Contributors Phil Benson
Preface Phil Benson
1 The social and the individual in Applied Linguistics research Phil Benson, Lucy Cooker
2 Sociocultural Theory and the dialectics of L2 learner autonomy/agency James P. Lantolf
3 The struggle to belong: individual language learners in Situated Learning Theory Martin Lamb
4 Individuality, imagination and community in a globalizing world: an Asian EFL perspective Tomoko Yashima
5 Chaos and the complexity of second language acquisition Vera Menezes
6 Drifting in and out of view: autonomy and the social individual Phil Benson
7 A social-ecological exploration of autonomy, beliefs and identity Jane Kehrwald
8 Teenagers making sense of their foreign language practices: individual accounts indexing social discourses Anne Pitkänen-Huhta, Tarja Nikula
9 Individuality in L2 identity construction: the stories of two Chinese learners of English Mingyue (Michelle) Gu
10 The ideal sexual self: the motivational investments of Japanese gay male learners of English Ashley Moore
11 Using Dynamic Systems/Complexity Theory in linguistic data analysis: a language ecology approach to the study of individual and social process Anne Whiteside
12 A tale of two teachers: teacher identity and the care of the self in an era of accountability Matthew Clarke
13 The Applied Linguistic individual: gaining perspective Phil Benson, Lucy Cooker
References Phil Benson
Index Phil Benson

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