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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.

Performative Identities: From Identity Politics to Queer Theory
Performative identities: From identity politics to queer theory

In this chapter I hope to trace the ways in which feminist understandings of the category of ‘identity’ changed with the growth of theories of performativity over the course of the 1990s and into the twenty-first century. Of course ‘identity’ had for more than a decade played an immense role in the ways in which feminists had thought about gender, particularly in terms of race and class, particularly in the United States. The ground breaking and hugely influential statement issued in 1977 by the Combahee River Collective, a group of US women of color, put ‘identity’ at the core of black feminist practice, and ‘identity politics’, a political practice that, ...

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