Encyclopedia of Identity

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No matter whether it is a discussion of nationhood, race, family, adolescence, or popular culture, identity is a mainstay in everyday conversations about who we say we are as individuals and citizens within a local or national community. The Encyclopedia of Identity presents a broad, comprehensive overview of the definitions, politics, manifestations, concepts, and ideas related to identity. The entries include short biographies of major thinkers and leaders, as well as discussion of events, personalities, and concepts. The Encyclopedia of Identity is designed for readers to grasp the nature and breadth of identity as a psychological, social, anthropological, and popular idea.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice Review
"For libraries serving programs focused on issues of identity, this would be a useful acquisition. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers."
Choice Magazine
"For libraries serving programs focused on issues of identity, this would be a useful acquisition. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. "
David Tyckoson
"Each of the 300 entries is written by a scholar who provides a definition of the concept, an overview of the history and current thinking, criticisms of the concept, and a bibliography of further reading. A significant portion of the work covers identity issues related to race, class, gender, nationality, religion, and language.... Useful in any library supporting research in the fields of philosophy and psychology. Also available as an e-book."-Booklist
Library Journal
Jackson (Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) has engaged over 100 scholars to create the first encyclopedia dedicated to the socially constructed phenomenon of identity. Nearly 300 essays—alphabetically arranged, signed, and with individual bibliographies—provide scholarly yet clearly written overviews of the many aspects of identity from the many disciplines that treat it: religion, the visual arts, cultural studies, psychology, sociology, communication, gender studies, philosophy, political science, literature, and linguistics. Essay topics range from authenticity, being and identity, children's art, development of self-concept, group identity, liberation theology, and stereotypes to embeddedness/embedded identity, ethnolinguistic identity theory, the history of otherness, queer theory, and self-enhancement theory. While a majority of these topics can be found in individual encyclopedias of psychology, philosophy, social sciences, and the like, it is helpful and illuminating to have them in a single resource with a singular underlying perspective. BOTTOM LINE This is a most worthwhile reference tool for many academic libraries, as well as for large public libraries. The electronic version, while more expensive, will provide a greater ease of searching and accessing individual terms within every article. Highly recommended.—Marcia Welsh, Dartmouth Coll. Libs., Hanover, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412951531
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Pages: 1444
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 2.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald L. Jackson II (Ph. D., Howard University) is Associate Professor of Culture and Communication Theory in the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University. He is author of The Negotiation of Cultural Identity (Praeger Press), Think About It! (Iuniverse.com), African American Communication: Identity and Culture (with Michael Hecht and Sidney Ribeau; Erlbaum Publishers). Forthcoming are five books entitled: African American Rhetorics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (with Elaine Richardson; Southern Illinois University Press); Scripting the Black Masculine Body in Popular Media: Identity, Discourse and Racial Politics in Popular Media (SUNY Press), Essential Readings in African American Communication Studies and Understanding African American Rhetoric (with Elaine Richardson). Dr. Jackson’s theory work includes the development of two paradigms coined “cultural contracts theory” and "black masculine identity theory."
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