In the 1970s and 1980s, identities seemed to be 'fixed' or 'socially constructed' through categories of class, 'race', ethnicity, gender, sexualities and religion. These days we have begun to recognise the diversity, fragmentation and fluidity of identities, but how do we create and shape our own?
Embodying identities shapes a new language of social theory that allows people to embody their differences with a sense of dignity and self-worth. The book draws on diverse traditions from Marx, Weber and Durkheim, as well as more recent traditions of critical theory and poststructuralism, to illuminate transitions from the modern to the postmodern.
Using contemporary examples, Embodying identities will be of interest to students of sociology, politics, social work, philosophy and cultural studies. It will also be of value to social work practitioners and anyone attempting to understand how we form and live our complex and embodied identities.
|Publisher:||Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Victor Jeleniewski Seidler, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: identities, bodies and differences 1
2 Challenges: complexities / diversity / self-worth 15
3 Histories: beliefs / diasporas / belongings 27
4 Experiences: realities / psychologies / discourse 41
5 Differences: feminisms / enemies / equalities 53
6 Genders: desires / self-rejection / recognition 69
7 Explorations:'race' / violence / shame 81
8 Transformations: masculinities / choices / futures 95
9 Conflicts: complexity / cultures / youth 111
10 Rejections: shame / fear / hatred 129
11 Postmodernities: individualisms / performances /sexualities 145
12 Spaces: virtual worlds / technologies / globalisation 159
13 Conclusion: Embodied identities: experience, power, difference/s and social theory 183