Steve is being funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to conduct sociolinguistic research that problematizes categorisations and notions of identity employed in equality initiatives in Higher Education.
Theoretically, his approach draws on Stuart Hall’s notions of the discursively constructed identities and ‘articulation’ (Hall, 1996; Slack, 1996). These understandings of identity as fluid and contingent are set against the use of fixed and separate categories pertaining to ethnicity and social class in equality initiatives.
The research works with a sociolinguistic understanding of subject positions and identities as emergent in processes of interaction (Buscholtz & Hall, 2005). It uses linguistic ethnography to track these processes empirically through linguistic micro-analysis of how students ‘acquire, construct and mobilize communicative repertoires’ (Perez-Milans, 2016:87) as they negotiate their studies. In this way, the study treats learning environments as ‘cultural context[s] with [their] own sites of struggle, local institutional imperatives and affordances’ (Creese, 2008:235) which feed off and into wider socio-historical structures.
Steve has an MSc in Social and Political Theory and an MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching. He has taught in Higher Education for over ten years and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Creese, A. (2008) ‘Linguistic Ethnography’, Encyclopedia of Language and Education. London: Springer.
Hall, S. (1996) ‘Introduction: who needs identity?’ in Hall, S. and Du Gay, P. Questions of cultural identity. London: Sage.
Perez-Milans (2016) ‘Language and identity in linguistic ethnography’ in Preece, S. (ed) The Routledge Handbook of language and identity. London: Routledge.
Slack, J. D. (1996) ‘The theory and method of articulation in cultural studies’ in D. Morley & K-H. Chen (eds.) Stuart Hall: Critical dialogues in cultural studies. London: Routledge.