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Wendy Hollway

In: The SAGE Handbook of Identities

Chapter 12: Relationality: The Intersubjective Foundations of Identity

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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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