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Identity Troubles : An Introduction (Hardcover) (Anthony Elliott)

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These are turbulent times, a transformative world of both pervasive identity reinvention and identity crisis. The global electronic economy, digital worlds, vast mobilities, biotechnologies and the posthuman: the pervasive institutional features of contemporary societies are generating a metamorphosis across the force-field of identities today.

Identity Troubles: An Introduction provides a wide-ranging, accessible and critical introduction to the big global changes impacting upon both private lives and social identities. The book documents various contemporary mutations of identity – from robotics to biomedicine, from cosmetic surgery to digital lives –and considers their social, cultural and political consequences.

Following the model of his hugely popular Concepts of the Self, Anthony Elliott distills the major institutional and cultural transformations of our age. Elliott opens with a brilliant synthesis of the key conceptual innovations in identity studies in the context of recent social theory. He critically examines accounts of "individualization", "reflexivity", "liquidization" and "new maladies of the soul", and discusses the major works of key theorists - outlining the relevant social and historical context, and drawing out critical themes. He follows with a series of chapters looking at how what is truly new in contemporary life is having profound consequences for identities, both private and public. By analyzing these global shifts, Elliott sheds fresh light on the mix of opportunities and dangers affecting identities. He changes the contours of social theory by suggesting that a "struggle for reinvention" increasingly shapes strategies of identity in our era of global economy and posthuman fracture.

The book will be essential reading for undergraduate students in sociology, cultural studies, political science, women’s studies and identity studies in the humanities more generally. It offers the first comprehensive overview of identity studies in the interdisciplinary field of social theory.

Identity Troubles: An Introduction provides a wide-ranging, accessible and critical introduction to theories of identity in the social sciences and humanities. The book explores transformations affecting our personal, professional, cultural, sexual and racial identities ? and develops new ideas and concepts for grasping dilemmas of identity in our present age of uncertainty.

Following and extending the model of his highly popular Concepts of the Self, Anthony Elliott starts by distilling the core elements of social theories of identity, summarizing schools of thought from post-structuralism to post-feminism, and from psychoanalysis to postmodernism. The author then explores more recent contemporary Anglo-American traditions of thought about identity. Elliott investigates identity theories from Robert Bellah, Robert Putnam, Richard Sennett and Arlie Hochschild to Anthony Giddens, Ulrich Beck, Zymunt Bauman, Julia Kristeva, Slavoj Zizek and others. By reviewing the key themes and central dynamics of these writers work, Elliott advances beyond existing notions of "individualization", "reflexivity", "liquidization" and "new maladies of the soul" and instead ? building upon his earlier books ? offers fresh insights into what he terms "the struggle for reinvention" which increasingly defines strategies of identity across the global economy.

The book will be essential reading for undergraduate students in sociology, cultural studies, political science, women?s studies and identity studies in the humanities more generally. It offers the first reasonably comprehensive overview of identity studies in the interdisciplinary field of social theory ? with chapters discussing the major works of key theorists, outlining the relevant social and historical context, and drawing out critical themes.

Number of Pages: 219
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Globalization
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Anthony Elliott
Language: English
Street Date: November 20, 2015
TCIN: 16189316
UPC: 9780415837101
Item Number (DPCI): 247-28-1080
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