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Identity research is at the heart of many trans-disciplinary research centers around the world. No single social science discipline `owns' identity research and The SAGE Handbook of Identities draws on a global scholarship to cover in four parts its: Frameworks: presents the main theoretical and methodological perspectives in identities research.Formations: covers the major formative forces for identities such as culture, globalization, migratory patterns, biology and so on.Categories: reviews research on the core social categories which are central to identity such as ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability and social class and intersections between these.Sites and Context: develops a series of case studies of crucial sites and contexts where identity is at stake such as social movements, relationships and family life, work-places and environments and citizenship.

Relationality: The Intersubjective Foundations of Identity
Relationality: The intersubjective foundations of identity

In this section of the Handbook, most of the formative forces explored for identities have been social: in terms of theoretical resources for understanding identities, the current conjuncture highlights social groups, power relations, disciplinary practices, discourses and narratives. In this chapter, I am going to take relations as the core formative principle, not social relations but rather relationality (specifically unconscious intersubjective dynamics) as a founding principle for identity formation and transition. I want to show not only that relationality is fundamental to identity but how it is.

In other contexts I would use the term subjectivity or self instead of identity to describe the achievement of a self or personal identity, but here I purposely ...

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