The discursive construction of identity is often under the control of the dominant forces in society and frequently results in forms of manipulation and abuse. This awareness led to the celebration of the First International Conference on CDA (Valencia 2004), where over three-hundred academics working in the field of Critical Discourse Analysis became actively engaged in this important issue. The seven studies included in this volume have been selected as representative of those areas of human experience that have been given most intellectual attention and considered to be in fact in need for critical unravelling. Ethnic categorization in multicultural classrooms, patriotic discourse construction in Chinese readers, the denial of Palestinian identity in schoolbooks, the diverse constructions of European identities, Arabs constructing themselves on the worldwide web, identity construction in sexual assault trials, the representations of a dangerous `other' in cases of PLWHAs, are the contextual perspectives embraced in this book to account for forms of power abuse in the discursive construction of identities.
1. Preface (by Dolon, Rosana); 2. Part I. Introduction; 3. Indentities in discourse: An integrative view (by Grad, Hector); 4. Part II. Discursive construction of identity in educational contexts; 5. Imposing and resisting ethnic categorization in multicultural classrooms (by Martin Rojo, Luisa); 6. The construction of patriotic discourse in Chinese basal readers (by Liu, Yongbing); 7. The denial of Palestinian national and territorial identity in Israeli schoolbooks of history and geography 1996-2003 (by Peled-Elhanan, Nurit); 8. Part III. National and cultural identity; 9. The discursive building of European identity: Diverse articulations of compatibility between European and national identities in Spain and the UK (by Grad, Hector); 10. 9-11 Response(s): Three Arab-American groups respond discursively to the attacks of September 11, 2001 (by Hussein, Lutfi M.); 11. Part IV. Identity construction and human suffering; 12. Sexual assault trials, discursive identities and institutional change (by Ehrlich, Susan); 13. The representation of PLWHAs and the dangerous 'Other' (by Lean, Mei Li)