"Overall, its breaking of disciplinary isolation, enhancing of mutual understanding, and laying out of a transdisciplinary platform makes this Handbook a milestone in identity studies."
Increasingly, identities are the site for interdisciplinary initiatives and identity research is at the heart of many transdisciplinary research centres around the world. No single social science discipline 'owns' identity research which makes it a difficult topic to categorize.
The SAGE Handbook of Identities systematizes this complex field by incorporating its interdisciplinary character to provide a comprehensive overview of its themes in contemporary research while still acknowledging the historical and philosophical significance of the concept of identity. Drawing on a global scholarship the Handbook has four parts:
Frameworks: presents the main theoretical and methodological perspectives in identities research.
Formations: covers the major formative forces for identities such as culture, globalisation, migratory patterns, biology and so on.
Categories: reviews research on the core social categories central to identity such as ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability and intersections between these.
Sites and Context: develops a series of case studies of crucial sites and contexts where identity is at stake such as social movements, relationships, work-places and citizenship.
Margaret Wetherell is Professor of Social Psychology at the Open University, UK and Director of the Economic and Social Research Council Programme on Identities and Social Action.
The Field of Identity Studies - Margaret Wetherell PART ONE: FRAMEWORKS Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Identity: From Ego to Ethics - Stephen Frosh The Social-Identity Approach in Social Psychology - Stephen Reicher, Russell Spears & S Alexander Haslam Anthropological Perspectives on Identity: From Sameness to Difference - Toon van Meijl Analyzing Identity in Interaction: Contrasting Discourse, Genealogical, Narrative and Conversation Analysis - Bethan Benwell & Elizabeth Stokoe Performative Identities: From Identity Politics to Queer Theory - Sarah E Chinn Critical Crossovers: Post-Colonial Perspectives, Subaltern Studies and Cultural Identities - Saurabh Dube New Epistemologies: Post-Positivist Accounts of Identity - Linda Martin Alcoff PART TWO: FORMATIONS Biology and Identity - Anne Fausto-Sterling Race and Racial Formations - Harry J Elam Jr & Michele Elam Identity: Culture and Technology - Rolland Munro Relationality: The Intersubjective Foundations of Identity - Wendy Hollway Religious Identity - Pnina Werbner From Media and Identity to Mediated Identity - Helen Wood Identity-Making in Schools and Classrooms - Diane Reay PART THREE: CATEGORIES Ethnicities - Ann Phoenix Genders: Deconstructed, Reconstructed, Still on the Move - Lynne Segal Class, Culture and Morality: Legacies and Logics in the Space for Identification - Beverley Skeggs Sexualities - Cindy Patton Indigeneity as a Field of Power: Multiculturalism and Indigenous Identities in Political Struggles - R Aida Hernandez Castillo Never Fixed: Modernity and Disability Identities - Rosemarie Garland-Thomson & Moya Bailey PART FOUR: SITES AND CONTEXTS From This Bridge Called My Back to This Bridge We Call Home: Collective Identities and Social Movements - Manisha Desai Migrations, Diasporas, Nations: The Re-Making of Caribbean Identities - Carole Boyce Davies & Monica Jardine Identities, Groups and Communities: The Case of Northern Ireland - Katharina Schmid et al Families, Siblings and Identities - Helen Lucey Neo-Liberalism, Work and Subjectivity: Towards a More Complex Account - Valerie Walkerdine & Peter Bansel Legislating Identity: Colonialism, Land and Indigenous Legacies - Bonita Lawrence PART FIVE: REFLECTIONS Social Justice and the Politics of Identity - Chandra Talpade Mohanty