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Arabic, Self and IdentityA Study in Conflict and Displacement$
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Yasir Suleiman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199747016

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747016.001.0001

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(p.231) Chapter 6 Conclusion
Arabic, Self and Identity

Yasir Suleiman

Oxford University Press

The chapter summarizes the main arguments in the book and points to the way a symbolic and quantitative approach to the study of language in society can be taken forward. It stresses the need for a declaration of author positionality in studying the political meanings of the language-Self-identity link to guard against unintended ideological interference. It further highlights the effect of conflict on the conceptualisation of language as a resource with which to do things in society at the individual and group levels. The chapter argues that identities cannot be reduced to life style choices; it further argues that although identities are not essences they are, nevertheless, far from existing in a state of free fall.

Keywords:   researcher positionality, language-Self-identity link

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