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Identity in the 21st Century
New Trends in Changing Times
Edited by Margaret Wetherell
 
 
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05 Nov 2009
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Identity in the 21st Century reports from the front-line of identity studies. This collection brings together leading scholars to describe and address trends in contemporary social life. The chapters examine the current patterning of identities based on class and community, gender and generation, 'race', faith and ethnicity, and derived from popular culture. The contributors explore debates about social change, individualisation and the re-making of social class. They examine the evidence for new 'convivial multicultures' in ethnically diverse urban metropolitan centres and the manifestations of more 'fragile' white identities in the provinces. This book results from five years of sustained empirical investigation within the highly innovative Identities and Social Action programme, and this collection provides a rich account of the raw materials people draw upon to build 'liveable' lives.



Description

Identity in the 21st Century reports from the front-line of identity studies. This collection brings together leading scholars to describe and address trends in contemporary social life. The chapters examine the current patterning of identities based on class and community, gender and generation, 'race', faith and ethnicity, and derived from popular culture. The contributors explore debates about social change, individualisation and the re-making of social class. They examine the evidence for new 'convivial multicultures' in ethnically diverse urban metropolitan centres and the manifestations of more 'fragile' white identities in the provinces. This book results from five years of sustained empirical investigation within the highly innovative Identities and Social Action programme, and this collection provides a rich account of the raw materials people draw upon to build 'liveable' lives.



Reviews


'This important collection of original essays, using state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative methods, offers fascinating insights into the complex ways that power relations inscribe contemporary social identities.' - Professor Mike Savage, the University of Manchester, UK

 
'This is an important book on multicultural Britain. It grounds theoretical debates in richly textured empirical analyses, and parts of the book read like a good novel, with real lives and histories unfolding in front of our eyes. Students and professional academics interested in the changing dynamics of social identities in contemporary societies – especially culturally diverse societies such as the U.S, Brazil, South Africa, or India - should read this book. Humanists in particular will find this work done by their colleagues in the social sciences very illuminating, and it will suggest ways that humanists and social scientists can work together to explore topics of common interest. Social identity, the focus of this volume, is clearly one such topic.' - Satya P. Mohanty
Professor of English, Cornell University, and Director of the International Future of Minority Studies (FMS) Summer Institute (www.fmsproject.cornell.edu), USA

'...this edited collection delivers the greatest beneficial impact when read in themed sections; however, it is certainly flexible if the reader only wishes to focus on a specific research project. An essential read for all those interested in contemporary formations of identity in the 21st century.' - Michelle Addison, Newcastle University UK, Sociology


Contents

Introduction - Negotiating Liveable Lives: Intelligibility and Identity in Contemporary Britain; M.Wetherell
Part I: CLASS AND COMMUNITY 
Individualisation and the Decline of Class Identity; A.Heath, J.Curtice & G.Elgenius
'I Don't Want to be Classed, But We Are All Classed': Making Liveable Lives Across Generations; B.Rogaly & B.Taylor
Steel, Identity, Community: Regenerating Identities in a South Wales Town; V.Walkerdine
White Middle-Class Identity Work Through 'Against the Grain' School Choices; D.James, D.Reay, G.Crozier, F.Jamieson, P.Beedell, S.Hollingworth & K.Williams
Part II: ETHNICITIES AND ENCOUNTERS
Ethnicities Without Guarantees: An Empirical Approach; R.Harris & B.Rampton
'Con-Viviality' and Beyond: Identity Dynamics in a Young Men's Prison; R.Earle & C.Phillips
Imagining the 'Other'/Figuring Encounter: White English Middle-Class and Working-Class Identifications; S.Clarke, S.Garner & R.Gilmour
The Subjectivities of Young Somali: The Impact of Processes of Disidentification and Disavowal; G.Valentine & D.Sporton
Living London: Women Negotiating Identities in a Post-Colonial City; R.Cox, S.Jackson, M.Khatwa & D.Kiwan
Part III: Popular Culture and Relationality
The Making of Modern Motherhoods: Storying an Emergent Identity; R.Thomson, M.J.Kehily, L.Hadfield & S.Sharpe
The Allure of Belonging: Young People's Drinking Practices and Collective Identification; C.Griffin, A.Bengry-Howell, C.Hackley, W.Mistral & I.Szmigin
The Transformation of Intimacy: Classed Identities in the Moral Economy of Reality Television; B.Skeggs & H.Wood


Authors

MARGARET WETHERELL is Professor of Social Psychology at the Open University, UK. From 2003-2008 she was Director of the ESRC Programme Identities and Social Action. She is a former Editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology. Her widely published and cited research investigating masculinities and white identities established discourse theory in psychology. She is editor of Theorizing Social Action and Identity, also in the Identity Studies in the Social Sciences series.