2nd Edition

Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies

ISBN 9781138649064
Published July 8, 2019 by Routledge
454 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

USD $245.00

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Book Description

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

Anthony Elliott

2 A History of Identity: The Riddle at the Heart of the Mystery of Life

Charles Lemert

3 Feminism and Identity

Ann Branaman

4 Identity after Psychoanalysis

Stephen Frosh

5 Foucauldian Approaches to the Self

Gavin Kendall

6 The Fragmentation of Identity: Post-Structuralist and Postmodern Theories

Sam Han

7 Reflexive Identities

Daniel Chaffee

8 Individualization

Cosmo Howard

9 Individualism, Identity, and Social Acceleration

Eric L. Hsu

PART 2: The Analysis of Identity

10 Identity, Race and Ethnicity

Anthony Moran

11 Gendered Identities

Mary Holmes

12 Media and Identity

Nick Stevenson

13 Virtual Identities: From Decentered to Distributed Selves

Sam Han

14 Consumer Identities

Roberta Sassatelli

15 Identity, Mortality and Death

Tamara Waraschinski and Charles Lemert

16 Digital Nomads and (Im)Mobile Identities

Thomas Birtchnell

17 Posthuman Identities

Anthony Elliott

PART 3: Identity-Politics and its Consequences

18 Sexual Identity-Politics: Activism from Gay to Queer and Beyond

Mark Casey

19 Environmentalism and Identity-Politics

Eileen M. Mcgurty

20 Black Freedom Struggles and African American Identity

David Stein

21 The Politics of Islamic Identities

Sundas Ali

22 Indigenous Identities: From Colonialism to Post-Colonialism

Anthony Moran

23 (Anti-)Globalization and Resistance Identities

Catherine Eschle

24 Identity-Politics in the Global Age

Giorgio Shani

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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.