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The Handbook of Identity Studies offers a remarkably clear overview of the analysis of identity in the social sciences, and in so doing seeks to develop a new agenda for identity-studies in the twenty-first century. The first edition of this work set new standards for reference works, such was the far-reaching sweep of theories and approaches discussed. The key theories of identity, ranging from classical accounts to postmodern, psychoanalytic and feminist approaches, are drawn together and critically appraised. There are substantive sections looking at racial, ethnic, gendered, ******, consumerist, virtual, cosmopolitan and global identities. The Handbook also makes an essential contribution to the debate now opening up over identity-politics and its cultural consequences. From anti-globalization protestors to new ecological warriors, from devotees of therapy culture to defenders of international human rights: the culture of identity-politics is fast redefining the public political sphere. What future for politics is there after the turn to identity? Throughout there is a strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity with essays covering sociology, psychology, politics, anthropology and history. The Handbook written in a clear and direct style will appeal to a wide undergraduate audience. The extensive references and sources will direct students to areas of further study. This new edition of this popular Handbook has been fully revised and updated, taking into account the most recent developments in identity studies. The second edition also contains new chapters on the emergence of posthuman identities and the mobilization of identities in conditions of advanced globalization.