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Identity provides an essential resource of key statements drawn from cultural studies, sociology, and psychoanalytic theory, and includes three editorial essays, which place the readings in their theoretical and historical context.

Divided into three parts: Language, Ideology and Discourse; Psychoanalysis and Psycho-Social Relations; and Identity, Sociology and History, this book invites readers to compare and contrast cultural studies approaches with psychoanalytic and historical and sociological accounts of identity formation.

The Identity Reader will be an essential sourcebook for students of cultural studies, gender studies, social psychology, and sociology.

The key statements are from the work of:
Louis Althusser, Jessica Benjamin, Emile Benveniste, Homi K Bhabha, Pierre Bourdieu, Judith Butler, Ian Craib, Jacques Derrida, Norbert Elias, Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault, Anthony Giddens, Stuart Hall, Pierre Hadot, Melanie Klein, Jacques Lacan, Christopher Lasch, Isabel Menzies, Lyth, T H Marshall, Marcel Mauss, Amelie Okensberg Rorty, Jacqueline Rose, Nikolas Rose, Michael Rustin, Kaja Silverman, Max Weber, D W Winnicott

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Editorial Reviews

James Donald

" ‘Identity’ is one of the most overused but least considered terms in the lexicon of the contemporary humanities and social sciences. This volume brings together many of the key texts that will contribute to a more thoughtful understanding of the many issues involved in this elusive and deceptively difficult concept. The editors are not merely innocent anthologisers, however. They bring a sharp critical eye and a polemical editorial line to their task."

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Meet the Author

Paul du Gay is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at The Open University

Peter Redman has been teaching social sciences at the Open University for over 15 years. During this time he has worked closely with numerous students helping them reflect on and improve their writing skills. He is currently a Lecturer in Sociology.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
General introduction 1
Pt. I The subject of language, ideology and discourse 7
Introduction 9
1 Who needs 'identity'? 15
2 Ideology interpellates individuals as subjects 31
3 Subjectivity in language 39
4 The mirror stage 44
5 Feminine sexuality 51
6 Revolution in poetic language 69
7 Suture: the cinematic model 76
8 Differance 87
9 Interrogating identity: The Post Colonial Prerogative 94
10 Domain 102
11 Critically queer 108
Pt. II Psychoanalysis and psychosocial relations 119
Introduction 121
12 Notes on some schizoid mechanisms 130
13 Mirror-role of mother and family in child development 144
14 Transitional objects and transitional phenomena 150
15 Social systems as a defense against anxiety 163
16 Psychoanalysis, racism and anti-racism 183
17 The negro and psychopathology 202
18 The narcissistic personality of our time 222
19 The oedipal riddle 231
20 The trajectory of the self 248
21 What's happening to mourning? 267
Pt. III Identity, sociology, history 277
Introduction 279
22 Homo clausus and the civilizing process 284
23 The biographical illusion 297
24 A note on 'status' 304
25 Identity, Genealogy, History 311
26 A category of the human mind: the notion of 'person'; the notion of 'self' 325
27 The profession and vocation of politics 346
28 Introduction to 'The use of Pleasure' 360
29 Reflections on the idea of 'the cultivation of the self' 371
30 Persons and personae 378
Index 381
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