Author

Oksana Moroz

Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Gloria Park, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Curtis Porter, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Lilia P. Savova, Ph.D.

Abstract

The study aims to examine and explore the intersectionality of gender and English language teacher identity in Ukraine. During the Soviet Union times, gender and sex-related discussions were banned, per the Communist Party belief that those topics were distracting for the people and did not lead them to politically correct thinking. Therefore, the construct of gender in Ukraine is politically and socially silenced due to the country’s historical background as a part of the Soviet Union. Consequently, the study investigates ways of bidirectional influence of gender and English language teacher identity in the Ukrainian reality. With the help of narrative inquiry, the participants’ identities were explored. The findings of the study demonstrate the complexity of the teachers’ identities, as well as their intersectional nature. Emerging from the narratives of the participants, the gender construct intertwines with identity and shapes participants’ experiences at different workplaces.

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