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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.

From Media and Identity to Mediated Identity
From media and identity to mediated identity
‘The Media are Like the Air that we Breathe’

It is now received common sense that mediated and symbolic forms play a significant role in the construction of identity in the contemporary era. So ubiquitous are media in everyday life that we can receive information, access forms of pleasure and entertainment, communicate with proximate and distanced others, as well as increasingly produce as well as consume our own media forms. In John Thompson's (1995: 24) phrase ‘the media are like the air that we breathe’. From the macro staging of world politics to the micro enabling of intimate forms of connection, much of human communication is now, in some form or other, mediated ...

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