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Social Identity
     

Social Identity

by Richard Jenkins, Jenkins Richard, R. Jenkins
 

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Social Identity provides a clearly written and accessible introduction to sociological and social anthropological approaches to identity. Looking at the work of Mead, Goffman and Barth, Richard Jenkins makes clear their relevance to everyday life. Insisting that reflexive social identity is not a modern phenomenon, he argues that individual and collective

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Social Identity provides a clearly written and accessible introduction to sociological and social anthropological approaches to identity. Looking at the work of Mead, Goffman and Barth, Richard Jenkins makes clear their relevance to everyday life. Insisting that reflexive social identity is not a modern phenomenon, he argues that individual and collective identity can both be understood using the same model of "internal" and "external" processes. The book provides an essential guide to the concept of social identity, offering critical disucssions of Schutz, Berger and Luckmann, Becker, Anthony Cohen, Giddens, Bourdieu and many others.

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"This is a sophisticated yet accessible introduction to the topic of social identity, in all its richness and complexity. Focusing less on what identity is than on how it works, Jenkins shows how identity emerges from the interplay of self-identification and external categorization in a wide range of settings. His is quite simply the best available treatment of this important yet elusive subject." - Professor Rogers Brubaker, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

"There is a very good reason why this book has been in print for the past two decades. It is by far the best and most comprehensive critical introduction to identity studies. Jenikins is an astute analyst who is capable of making highly complex social phenomena understandable to the non-expert audience. This is a very well-structured and insightful, yet highly accessible text. I have no doubt that this new updated and revised edition will, yet again, prove to be a major success." - Professor Siniša Malešević, University College, Dublin

"Jenkins’s book remains the best book there is on the topic of social identity. Over the years I have continued to refer my undergraduate and graduate students to this key work. Unfailingly, they have found it useful and provocative. This book remains as fresh and illuminating as it was when it first came out. A must read." - Michele Lamont, Professor of Sociology and African and African-American Studies, Harvard University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415340960
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/16/2005
Series:
Key Ideas Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Jenkins is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield. Trained as a social anthropologist, he has done research in Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Denmark, and written Foundations of Sociology (2002), Pierre Bourdieu (2004), Rethinking Ethnicity (2008) and Being Danish (2012).

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