Identity: A Reader / Edition 1

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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.

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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

General Introduction - Paul du Gay, Jessica Evans and Peter Redman
Introduction - Peter Redman
Who Needs 'Identity'? - Stuart Hall
Ideology Interpellates Individuals as Subjects - Louis Althusser
Subjectivity in Language - Emile Benveniste
The Mirror Stage - Jacques Lacan
Feminine Sexuality - Jacqueline Rose
Revolution in Poetic Language - Julia Kristeva
Suture - Kaja Silverman
The Cinematic Model
Diff[ac]erance - Jacques Derrida
Interrogating Identity - Homi K Bhabha
The Post Colonial Prerogative
Domain - Michel Foucault
Critically Queer - Judith Butler
Introduction - Jessica Evans
Notes on Some Schizoid Mechanisms - Melanie Klein
Mirror-Role of Mother and Family in Child Development - D W Winnicott
Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena - D W Winnicott
Social Systems as a Defense against Anxiety - Isabel Menzies Lyth
Psychoanalysis, Racism and Anti-Racism - Michael Rustin
The Negro and Psychopathology - Frantz Fanon
The Narcissistic Personality of Our Time - Christopher Lasch
The Oedipal Riddle - Jessica Benjamin
The Trajectory of the Self - Anthony Giddens
What's Happening to Mourning? - Ian Craib
Introduction - Paul du Gay
Homo Clausus and the Civilizing Process - Norbert Elias
The Biographical Illusion - Pierre Bourdieu
A Note on 'Status' - T H Marshall
Identity, Genealogies, History - Nikolas Rose
A Category of the Human Mind - Marcel Mauss
The Notion of 'Person'; The Notion of 'Self'
The Profession and Vocation of Politics - Max Weber
Introduction to 'The Use of Pleasure' - Michel Foucault
Reflections on the Idea of the 'Cultivation of the Self' - Pierre Hadot
Persons and Personae - Am[gr]elie Okensberg Rorty

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