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An understanding of identity is fundamental to a complete understanding of organizational life.While conventional management textbooks nod to in-groups, cohesion and discrimination, this text offers instead a deeper, more nuanced understanding of why people, groups and organizations behave the way they do. With conceptions of identity perhaps less stable than they have ever been, the authors make complex theoretical issues accessible to the reader through the use of lively examples from popular culture. The authors present an overview of the key issues, as well as an examination of cutting-edge research and topical forces currently re-defining identity, such as globalisation, the fair trade movement and online identities.

This text is a succinct, relevant and exciting overview of the field of identity studies as it relates to business and management and applied social sciences, an is an invaluable resource to undergraduate and postgraduate students of management on any course that has an identity component.

Theoretical Perspectives on Identity
Theoretical perspectives on identity
Introduction

Theories are an essential resource for making sense of identity. In this chapter, we map out a range of theoretical approaches that have been developed and applied by students of identity. We lack space to cover the full range, so we focus on theories that have been particularly influential in the field of organization studies. We acknowledge that it is not possible, or perhaps even desirable, to ‘pigeon-hole’ every study within one of these ‘camps’. Most authors do not start their book or article with a full declaration of which ‘camp’ they belong to, or have drawn inspiration from. When studying identity, many scholars, ourselves included, depend upon numerous sources of theoretical inspiration. Many also attempt to synthesize ...

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