- 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 4: Anthropological Perspectives on Identity: From Sameness to Difference
Anthropological Perspectives on Identity: From Sameness to Difference
For a long time the concept of identity did not belong in the toolbox of anthropologists. Traditionally identity was assumed to exist within individuals, whereas anthropology focused on the interpretation of socio-cultural relations between people. Identity was considered a psychological concept and therefore the study of identity was largely neglected by anthropologists. Over the past few decades the interest in identity has changed in anthropology, which is connected to changes in anthropology's understanding of culture, the discipline's key concept. These, in turn, follow a rather fundamental transformation of socio-cultural relations that are intertwined with the end of colonization and the beginning of globalization, and therefore also reflect on the meaning ...