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date: 17 February 2020

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The field of identity and, more specifically, identity work continues to blossom, encompassing contributions from different traditions of scholarship. Through an analysis of contributions in the areas of identity work and struggles, and space/place, this chapter suggests the field’s expansion in four respects: conceptual, theoretical, thematic, and methodological. The authors’ subsequent discussion draws on Barthes’ (1990 [1974]) distinction between readerly and writerly texts to examine critically the writing practices through which contributions are established, and through which dialogue between different traditions and perspectives is both delimited and opened up. They conclude by offering reflections on the challenges of publishing the type of complex, plural work they are advocating, and make suggestions regarding the possibilities for ensuring identity remains a generative means of exploring the dynamics of organization.

Keywords: traditions of identity scholarship, identity work, expansion of field, readerly and writerly texts, methods and identity research, generative possibilities

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