2nd Edition

Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies

Edited By Anthony Elliott Copyright 2019
    454 Pages
    by Routledge

    454 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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.