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A new overview of the field of Identity Studies
16 March 2012
Taylor & Francis
The questions of identity and belonging are ones that have occupied humans throughout all of history. Today, people can identify themselves with more groups than ever before. From classic cultural, religious and nationalistic groups, to an ever-expanding selection of subcultures, to virtual lives that are lived entirely online, the question of who we are has never had more answers.
To help us understand the complexities of the field, the Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies offers an exceptionally clear overview of the analysis of identity in the social sciences, and in so doing seeks to develop a new agenda for identity-studies in the twenty-first century.
The key theories of identity, ranging from classical accounts to postmodern, psychoanalytic and feminist approaches, are drawn together and critically appraised, and there are substantive sections looking at racial, ethnic, gendered, queer, consumerist, virtual and global identities.
The Handbook also makes an essential contribution to the debate now opening up over identity-politics and its cultural consequences. From anti-globalization protestors to new ecological warriors, from devotees of therapy culture to defenders of international human rights: the culture of identity-politics is fast redefining the public political sphere. What future for politics is there after the turn to identity?
Throughout there is a strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity with essays covering sociology, psychology, politics, cultural studies and history. The Handbook’s clear and direct style will appeal to a wide undergraduate audience in the social sciences and humanities.