Across the social and behavioural sciences there has been an increased interest in identity as a subject of inquiry. Despite this, there remain questions to which researchers need to find answers and challenges to be made to older paradigms of analysis in order to continue to push the frontiers of kwledge in this research domain. Identity is a problematic concept inasmuch as we recognise it w as n-fixed, n-rigid and always being co-constructed by individuals of themselves, or by people who share certain core values or perceive ather group as having such values. This volume re-examines the analytical tools employed in the sociolinguistic research of 'identity' in order to assess their efficiency, establish the roles of language in the identity claims of specific communities of people, and determine the place of identity in a variety of social contexts, including work places and language classrooms. It will be of interest to academics and students working in sociolinguistics, applied linguistics and second language learning.
Tope Omoniyi is Professor in English Language and Linguistics at Roehampton University, London, UK. Goodith White is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Leeds, UK.