"Identity Signals the way a person understands her or his relationship to the world, how that relationship is constructed across time and space, and how the person understands possibilities for the future."---Bonny Norton
The poststructuralist theory of language and identity presented in this book is very thought-stimulating for me. It emphasized on the relationship between language and identity. In this article, Bonny presents three vignettes to demonstrate this relationship inside and outside the classroom. Bonny's definition of identity is largely affected by the poststructuralist theory: "Poststructuralist theory has led me to define identity as multiple, changing, and a site of struggle, frequently negotiated in the context of inequitable relations of power. "(Bonny 60) A person's identity is influenced by the social context, social position as well as the language learning process. At the same time the language learning also is affected by identity. This is happening in the way the social practice can promote or compromise the power of language learning and this social practice is determined by the social position and identity. As a second language learning or even third language learning, I can recognize this relationship through my own experience. My identity of Chinese still favor Chinese as my first language choice.
Applying poststructuralist theory in classroom to help understand and thus enhance the second language learning process is fascinating topic. The author talk about this in two classroom vignettes, one is about construction of textual meaning and another is about classroom resistance. In the first classroom vignette indicates that learner identities give different insights about reading texts can be used to promote language learning process. However the second classroom vignette shows that teacher 's excessive emphasis in student's identities will also cause classroom resistance. The learning in classroom is most effective when diverse identities of student is being recognized and developed in classroom practices that promote investment of language learner. ... ...Questions.