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Identities in and across Cultures

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Paola Evangelisti Allori

This volume is a collection of empirical studies investigating the ways and means through which culturally-shaped identities are manifested in and through discourse in documents and texts from multiple spheres of social action. It also looks at possible ways in which understanding and acceptance of diverse cultural identities can be moulded and developed through appropriate education.
Language being one of the most evident and powerful ‘markers’ of cultural identity, discourse and text are sites where cultures are both constructed and displayed and where identities are negotiated. The approaches to the analysis of culture and identity adopted here to account for the multifaceted realisations of cultural identities in the texts and documents taken into consideration span from multimodality, to discourse and genre analysis, to corpus linguistics and text analysis. The volume then offers a varied picture of approaches to the scientific enquiry into the multifaceted manifestations of identity in and across national, professional, and disciplinary cultures.
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The Process of Internalising Professional Identity through Specific Disciplinary Knowledge: Jane Lung

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JANE LUNG

The Process of Internalising Professional Identity through Specific Disciplinary Knowledge

1. Introduction

In the past, there has been little attention given to students internalizing their professional identity during higher education and this process is often taken for granted. This paper argues that there is a strong link between professional identity and disciplinary knowledge. It hypothesizes that the construction of professional identity begins when a student enters training for a profession as a novice and continues within that discourse community seeking to acquire the competence of an expert. It specifically examines how university students internalize their professional identity during their BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) education in Hong Kong.

As background, this paper first briefly overviews prior research on key concepts of the construction of identities. Second, the methods employed for this study are explained. Third, the results of the study are presented, which examines the students’ own comments taken from the interviews to show to what degree they appreciate the specific nature of their disciplines. In turn the students’ comments are discussed with the definitions and orientations of their disciplines to see how these perceptions can be further heightened and implemented. Finally, it concludes by summarizing how different disciplines shape students’ future professional identities through specific disciplinary knowledge. Thus rather than taking this process for granted, this paper explores the process of internalizing professional identity. ← 251 | 252 →

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