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Identity and Difference

by Woodward K SAGE Publications Ltd
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Pbk 320 pages
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Identity crisis, identity politics, national identites, diaspora identities, sexual identities - in recent years, identity and difference have been the focus of key debates in cultural studies. This broad-ranging book examines the challenge of these debates and outlines their applications to central questions of gender, sexuality, embodiment, health, `race' and nation.The importance of identity and difference in the contemporary world is illustrated at multiple levels - global, local and personal. The authors demonstrate the ways in which identities are constructed for and by individuals, and question notions of the fixity of identity and difference. Explanations of identity and difference from essentialist, social constructionist, psychoanalytic, feminist and discursive approaches are explored. The complexity of contemporary identities is illustrated through a range of examples including popular discourses of motherhood, ideas of the healthy body and diaspora identities.The text renders accessible some of the most exciting and controversial issues in recent cultural studies. Combining theoretical explanation with in-depth discussion of key areas of contested identities, together with activities and selected readings, it will be essential reading for teachers and students in cultural studies and related fields.Identity and Difference is one of a series of books developed by the Open University which aims to offer a comprehensive and innovative introduction to contemporary cultural studies. The series editor is Professor Stuart Hall.

Introduction - Kathryn Woodward Concepts of Difference and Identity - Kathryn Woodward The Body and Difference - Chris Shilling The Body, Health and Eating Disorders - Susan Benson Sexualities - Lynne Segal Motherhood - Kathryn Woodward Identities, Meanings and Myths Diaspora and the Detours of Identity - Paul Gilroy

`The book is easy to use and its layout demonstrates some skill in constructing volumes that `work' as study guides and reference tools. The merit of this book goes well beyond its suitability for course applications. Contemporary ideas on identity provide new meanings for an old concept' - Multilingual and Multicultural
Kathryn Woodward is a Regional Staff Tutor for Sociology for The Open University CONTRIBUTORS Susan Benson University of Cambridge Paul Gilroy Goldsmiths College University of London Lynne Segal Middlesex University Chris Shilling University of Portsmouth