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Positioning theory

A social constructionist theory that emerged in 1980s and has seen significant development in the 21st century. It considers how people negotiate and take up their place in any given context.


Positioning Theory (Pinnegar & Murphy, 2011) addresses how the individual subjectively perceives his interrelations with others. It is a narrative theory developed in the early 1990s in the sociological-interpretive field, which also expanded to education, teaching, and teacher training.


 Pinnegar, S., & Murphy, M. S. (2011): Teacher educator identity emerging within a teacher educator collective. Studying Teacher Education, 7:2, 211-213.