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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.

Critical Crossovers: Postcolonial Perspectives, Subaltern Studies and Cultural Identities
Critical crossovers: Postcolonial perspectives, subaltern studies and cultural identities

This chapter discusses issues of identity as embedded in and articulated by postcolonial perspectives and subaltern studies. In speaking of identities, my reference is to wide-ranging processes of formations of subjects, expressing not only particular personhoods but also collective groupings. Upon such an understanding, identities comprise a crucial means through which social processes are perceived, experienced and articulated. Indeed, defined within historical relationships of production and reproduction, appropriation and approbation, and power and difference, cultural identities (and their mutations) are essential elements in the quotidian constitution (and pervasive transformations) of social worlds. This chapter explores the ways in which postcolonial and subaltern approaches have considered cultural and historical ...

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