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The Stories We Live By

a free online course in ecolinguistics

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PART 6: Identities

The notes include an outline of the theory, a chapter summary, a glossary and ideas for further reading.

The slides are a PowerPoint presentation which matches the one used in the video.

The exercises contain examples to analyse using the theory.

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This part of the course examines identities, which are stories about what it means to be a particular kind of person. Two contrasting examples are discussed. The first is the construction of un-ecological identities in Men's Health magazine, where the ideal man is represented as a competitive, hugely muscled, meat-eating consumer. This is contrasted with ecological identities in new nature writing, where the human is portrayed as being part of a larger community of life.

The video illustrates identities with an example. Click left to download it and right to watch it on Vimeo.

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