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Social Constructionist Identity Politics and Literary Studies
 
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Social Constructionist Identity Politics and Literary Studies
 
 
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10 Jan 2007
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In this fascinating interdisciplinary study, Suman Gupta argues that while it is widely accepted that essentialist ideas of identity are politically dangerous, certain social constructionist accounts of identity have now come to enjoy extraordinary currency. The latter are often regarded as central to contemporary political occurrences and social/cultural arrangements, particularly in academic institutions. This book explores why these ideas can be problematic, paying attention to both theoretical debates and institutional practices.

Gupta first of all examines the conceptual aspect of social constructionist identity politics with regard to the humanities in general, and then considers the role of such politics in literary studies. His book constitutes a timely intervention in the current debate about the future of the humanities.


Description

In this fascinating interdisciplinary study, Suman Gupta argues that while it is widely accepted that essentialist ideas of identity are politically dangerous, certain social constructionist accounts of identity have now come to enjoy extraordinary currency. The latter are often regarded as central to contemporary political occurrences and social/cultural arrangements, particularly in academic institutions. This book explores why these ideas can be problematic, paying attention to both theoretical debates and institutional practices.

Gupta first of all examines the conceptual aspect of social constructionist identity politics with regard to the humanities in general, and then considers the role of such politics in literary studies. His book constitutes a timely intervention in the current debate about the future of the humanities.


Reviews

'Gupta's book is a timely intervention which wrestles with the legacy of theory and the intellectual fallout of identity politics in the humanities. This is a wide-ranging, intelligent and politically-engaged study that refocuses our attention on exactly what it is we do, and should be doing, when we study literature and culture.' - Dr Mark Turner, King's College, University of London, UK


Contents

Introduction: Prelude to Definitive Elaborations
PART 1: SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONIST IDENTITY POLITICS
Identity-Based Political Positions
Embodying Identity-Based Political Positions
Analogues and Equivalences
Identity Politics at Work
PART 2: LITERARY STUDIES
Theory, Institutional Matters, Identity Politics
Self-Announcements and Institutional Realignments
Theory Textbooks and Canons
Conclusion: Questions and Prospects
Bibliography
Index


Authors

SUMAN GUPTA is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Joint Director of the Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies, The Open University, UK. He is also Principal Co-ordinator of the Globalization, Identity Politics and Social Conflict (GIPSC) project and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Roehampton University, UK. He has published seven single-authored and five co-edited books.