Questioning Identity / Edition 2

Questioning Identity / Edition 2

by Kath Woodward
     
 

Our world is an increasingly unstable place, but current changes offer new opportunities as well as new challenges. This key volume provides an accessible exploration of identity as a contemporary concern in everyday life and as a key concept in social science. Drawing on work from a range of disciplines and focusing on the key social divisions of gender, class and

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Overview

Our world is an increasingly unstable place, but current changes offer new opportunities as well as new challenges. This key volume provides an accessible exploration of identity as a contemporary concern in everyday life and as a key concept in social science. Drawing on work from a range of disciplines and focusing on the key social divisions of gender, class and nation, it shows how these challenges and opportunities work out in practice.

What is really happening when people either individually or in groups identify with particular definitions of themselves or strike out to take up new identities? Do gender, class and ethnicity offer some stability and even certainty about who we are, or are they to be seen as limitations on our freedom to choose our own identities? Are we in the end bound by the social constraints and inequalities with which we started out?
This key text is essential reading for all students starting out in the social sciences and for anyone with an interest in the dilemmas of identity-making in contemporary society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415329675
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/03/2004
Series:
Understanding Social Change Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Questions of Identity 2. Identity and Gender 3. Identity, Inequality and Social Class 4. Identity and Nation. Afterword

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