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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.

Genders: Deconstructed, Reconstructed, Still on the Move
Genders: Deconstructed, reconstructed, still on the move

If the study of identities is a key nodal point for interdisciplinary research in the social sciences and humanities, ‘gender’ remains a, if not the, pivotal point in the study of identities, with their continuously shifting frameworks, formations, sites and categories. Conversely, shifting understandings of the frameworks, formations, sites and categories of identity impact upon and become part of what constitutes our notions of gender, sex and sexuality, whether seen as our inescapable predicament, notions we would like to subvert or dispose of, incentives for voluntary self-fashioning. This is just one of the reasons why, as Dave Glover and Cora Kaplan note: ‘Gender is now one of the most restless terms in ...

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