In this comprehensive, accessible handbook, acclaimed social theorist Anthony Elliott brings together internationally distinguished and emergent scholars in the social sciences and humanities to review the major theoretical traditions, trends and trajectories in the hugely popular field of identity studies.
The Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies set new standards for reference works when first published, such was the far-reaching sweep of topics discussed – including identity studies reconfigured by feminism, post-structuralism and postmodernism, individualization theories, media and cultural studies, race and ethnicity, consumerism, environmentalism, post-colonialism, globalization and many more.
This second edition of the handbook contains new contributions, including an updated general introduction from Anthony Elliott on the fast-changing conditions and contours of identity transformations in the global age. There are also new chapters on the emergence of posthuman identities - with specific focus on the global consequences of biotechnology, biomedicine, robotics and artificial intelligence for the analysis of identity - and on identity mobilities.
The handbook's clear and accessible format will appeal to a wide undergraduate audience, as well as researchers and teachers, in the social sciences and humanities.
Table of Contents
PART 1: Theories of Identity 1. The Rise of Identity Studies: An Outline of Some Theoretical Accounts 2. A History of Identity: The Riddle at the Heart of the Mystery of Life 3. Feminism and Identity 4. Identity after Psychoanalysis 5. Foucauldian Approaches to the Self 6. The Fragmentation of Identity: Post-Structuralist and Postmodern Theories 7. Reflexive Identities 8. Individualization 9. Individualism, Identity, and Social Acceleration PART 2: The Analysis of Identity 10. Identity, Race and Ethnicity 11. Gendered Identities 12. Media and Identity 13. Virtual Identities: From Decentered to Distributed Selves 14. Consumer Identities 15. Identity, Mortality and Death 16. Digital Nomads and (Im)Mobile Identities 17. Posthuman Identities PART 3: Identity-Politics and its Consequences 18. Sexual Identity-Politics: Activism from Gay to Queer and Beyond 19. Environmentalism and Identity-Politics 20. Black Freedom Struggles and African American Identity 21. The Politics of Islamic Identities 22. Indigenous Identities: From Colonialism to Post-Colonialism 23. (Anti-)Globalization and Resistance Identities 24. Identity-Politics in the Global Age
Anthony Elliott is Executive Director of the Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of South Australia, where he is Research Professor of Sociology and Chancellery Dean of External Engagement. He is Super-Global Professor of Sociology (Visiting) at Keio University, Japan, and Visiting Professor of Sociology at UCD, Ireland. A specialist in the field of identity studies, he is best known for Concepts of the Self, which has been in continuous print for twenty years and across four editions.