Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 76, Issue 2, pp 237–241 | Cite as

Book review: Mathematical relationships in education: identities and participation, edited by Laura Black, Heather Mendick, & Yvette Solomon (2009).

New York, NY: Routledge. Hardback: ISBN: 978-0-415-99684-6. List Price: $95.00. 266 pages.
  • Karin Brodie

In 2004, I attended a session at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) entitled “Identity as an analytic lens for research in mathematics education”. The session discussant, Courtney Cazden, remarked that if identity was an analytic lens, it had severe cataracts. I approached this book looking for whether the cataracts have been removed in the intervening years. This book comes out of a seminar series in the UK in 2006 and 2007, and so reflects a different historical and social context from the AERA session. However, it certainly has taken the work forward substantially. The book locates the notion of identity within three theoretical frameworks: psychoanalytic, sociocultural, and discursive, which work together to develop the notion, with the psychoanalytic framework in particular taking us beyond some of the more well-known texts on identity (e.g. Gee, 2001; Wenger, 1998). While these three theoretical perspectives have different ways of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationWits UniversityJohannesburgSouth Africa

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