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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.

Class, Culture and Morality: Legacies and Logics in the Space for Identification
Class, culture and morality: Legacies and logics in the space for identification

The conditions of possibility for class identity are always shaped by forms of capital, types of governance and claims for legitimacy. Identity always includes processes of identification and recognition (or dis-identification and mis-recognition), and identity is located within a symbolic system of value attribution; that is, some identities are considered worth having and others not. The concept identity also invokes assumptions about social compositions and how we value and ‘count’ people, individual or group identity, and assumptions about consciousness and property ownership of oneself: we ‘have’ an identity, it is something with which that we own in ourselves, or it is something ...

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