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Questions of Cultural Identity

Questions of Cultural Identity

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April 1996 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Why and how do contemporary questions of culture so readily become highly charged questions of identity? The question of cultural identity lies at the heart of current debates in cultural studies and social theory. At issue is whether those identities which defined the social and cultural world of modern societies for so long - distinctive identities of gender, sexuality, race, class and nationality - are in decline, giving rise to new forms of identification and fragmenting the modern individual as a unified subject.

Questions of Cultural Identity offers a wide-ranging exploration of this issue. Stuart Hall firstly outlines the reasons why the question of identity is so compelling and yet so problematic. The cast of outstanding contributors then interrogate different dimensions of the crisis of identity; in so doing, they provide both theoretical and substantive insights into different approaches to understanding identity.

Stuart Hall
Who Needs `Identity'?

Zygmunt Bauman
From Pilgrim to Tourist - or a Short History of Identity
Marilyn Strathern
Enabling Identity?
Biology, Choice and the New Reproductive Technologies

Homi K Bhabha
Culture's In-Between
Kevin Robins
Interrupting Identities

Lawrence Grossberg
Identity and Cultural Studies - Is That All There Is?
Simon Frith
Music and Identity
Nikolas Rose
Identity, Genealogy, History
Paul du Gay
Organizing Identity
Entrepreneurial Governance and Public Management

James Donald
The Citizen and the Man about Town

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