Routledge – 2008 – 256 pages
Series: Key Ideas
This third edition builds on the international success of previous editions, offering an easy access critical introduction to social science theories of identity, for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates. All of the previous chapters have been updated and extra material has been added where relevant, for example, on globalization. Two new chapters have been added; one addresses the debate about whether identity matters, discussing, for example, Brubaker; the second reviews the postmodern approach to identity.
The text is informed by relevant topical examples throughout and, as with earlier editions, the emphasis is on sociology, anthropology and social psychology, focusing on the interplay between relationships of similarity and difference; on interaction; on the categorization of others as well as self-identification; and on power, institutions and organizations.
1. Identity Matters 2. Similarity and Difference 3. A Sign of the Times? 4. Understanding Identification 5. Selfhood and Mind 6. Embodied Selves 7. Entering the Human World 8. Self-Image and Public Image 9. Groups and Categories 10. Beyond Boundaries 11. Symbolising Belonging 12. Predictability 13. Institutionalising Identification 14. Organising Identification 15. Categorisation and Consequences 16. Identity and Modernity Revisited
Richard Jenkins is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield, UK. Trained as an anthropologist he has done research in Ireland, Britain and Denmark. Among his other books are Foundations of Sociology (2002), Pierre Bourdieu (2nd edition 2002) and Rethinking Ethnicity (2nd edition 2008).