Whilst undoubtedly one of the most controversial but also most established issues in research and debate within the contemporary social and human sciences, as well as in cultural studies, work on 'identity' has undergone dramatic changes in recent years. The aim of this book is to provide a detailed analysis of those changes, by confronting the impact of both substantive challenges, concerning globalization, individualization and commodification, for instance, and theoretical developments, from within post-structuralism, psychoanalysis and post-feminism, for example, upon conceptions and formations identity in the current age. The main aim of this volume is to outline and interrogate the ways in which contemporary theoretical and substantive developments in our understanding of identity have played out across the major traditions of cultural and social theory prominent today. The result is a decisive intervention into debates concerning identity, subjectivity, and personhood.
Paul du Gay is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at The Open University
Introduction - Anthony Elliott and Paul du Gay Identity in a Globalizing World - Zygmunt Bauman Losing the Traditional: Individualization and 'Precarious Freedoms' - Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim The Global New Individualist Debate: Three Theories of Individualism and Beyond - Anthony Elliott and Charles Lemert Heeding Piedade's Song: Feminism and Sublime Affinity - Drucilla Cornell Top Girls? Young Women and the Post-Feminist Sexual Contract - Angela McRobbie The Identities of Self-Interest: Performativity, History, Ethics - Paul du Gay The Constitution of the Subject: Primary Repression after Kristeva and Laplanche - Anthony Elliott Melancholic Identity: Post-traumatic Loss Memory and Identity Formation - Jeffrey Prager Goodbye To Identity - Stephen Frosh and Lisa Barraitser Cathected Identities: Governance and Community Activism - Jessica Evans Psy-Art: Re-Imagining Identity - Janet Sayers
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