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Exploring the Registers of Identity Research

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sandra Corlett



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley, 2018.

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As the lead, introductory, contribution to this special issue ‘Exploring Registers of Identity Research’, this paper offers a view of three different ‘registers’ that might be seen to characterize identity research and which feature, to a greater or lesser extent, in the selected papers. First, the paper offers a means to understand the different theoretical traditions used to explain what constitutes identity and how it might be known. Second, it considers the relationship between different levels of identity – individual, group, professional, organizational and societal. Third, it reviews the methodologies used to understand identities and examines key theoretical assumptions which feature in academic debates, and in the selected papers, around identity theorizing. Drawing on the papers included in this special issue we offer a framework as a heuristic device that might guide scholars looking to enter the field of identity research and enable those already familiar with particular theoretical traditions, levels or methods to explore possibilities for extending their research. As an enticement to tackle the challenges extension across‐registers can present, we again turn to the special issue articles to examine – through a series of ‘gets’ – the different tactics authors might use to access the rich potential offered by cross‐fertilization between registers. Our contribution then lies in advancing the potential for dialogue between registers of identity research.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Corlett S, McInnes P, Coupland C, Sheep M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Management Reviews

Year: 2018

Volume: 19

Issue: 3

Pages: 261-272

Online publication date: 23/07/2017

Acceptance date: 31/05/2017

Date deposited: 21/06/2018

ISSN (print): 1460-8545

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2370

Publisher: Wiley


DOI: 10.1111/ijmr.12149


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