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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski

Identities have experienced a new surge of interest in the social sciences in recent years (e.g. Karolewski, 2010; Kaina, Karolewski and Kuhn, 2016; Fukuyama, 2018). Whereas the notion of identity had been part of academic debates on nationalism (e.g. Miller, 1995a; Meyerfeld, 1998), liberal multiculturalism (e.g. Kymlicka, 1995), secessionism (e.g. Sorens, 2012), social movements (e.g. Bernstein, 2005) or liquid modernity (e.g. Bauman, 2000) for some time, it was often used with such a variety of diverging meanings that some scholars proclaimed ‘identity’ to be an obsolete and problematic concept, which serious scholarship should avoid. Brubaker and Cooper (2004: 28) argued famously that ‘identity … tends to mean too much (when understood in a strong sense), ...

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