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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.

Families, Siblings and Identities
Families, siblings and identities

One of the tensions that characterizes contemporary experience is that arising from the wish to be unique, special, autonomous and ‘free’ (freedom from dependence is seen as particularly desirable for many in westernized cultures these days) alongside an equally powerful wish to be seen as the same as, be part of a collective, recognized, understood and cared for by others: a typically human tendency to pull in opposite directions at the same time. Of all the contexts in which identities are shaped, it is in families and family-like groups that these tensions often work most effectively to pattern the frameworks through which we come to make sense of ourselves and the world in which we live. It is ...

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