- Subject index
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.
Chapter 2: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Identity: From Ego to Ethics
Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Identity: From Ego to Ethics
It is not difficult to argue that psychoanalysis is and should be a major disciplinary site through which alternative notions of identities can be explored. The psychoanalytic concept of a dynamic unconscious provides leverage on a number of central issues in the study of identities, including the tension between an understanding of identity as something fixed (repressed ideas producing stable ways of being that are resistant to change) and of identities as fluid and multiple (unconscious ideas are variable, contradictory and partial). Historically, psychoanalysis has concerned itself with issues that bear on whether identities are best thought of as primarily characterological or relational; in addition, by drawing on well-established notions ...