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Whilst undoubtedly one of the most controversial but also most established issues in research and debate within the contemporary social and human sciences, as well as in cultural studies, work on 'identity' has undergone dramatic changes in recent years. The aim of this book is to provide a detailed analysis of those changes, by confronting the impact of both substantive challenges, concerning globalization, individualization and commodification, for instance, and theoretical developments, from within post-structuralism, psychoanalysis and post-feminism, for example, upon conceptions and formations identity in the current age. The main aim of this volume is to outline and interrogate the ways in which contemporary theoretical and substantive developments in our understanding of identity have played out across the major traditions of cultural and social theory ...

Cathected Identities: Governance and Community Activism
Cathected identities: Governance and community activism

There is no list […]. They said to me the list's all mental. I think then it did hit me what we were doing. (Jackie Rampton, Paulsgrove protester, quoted in Gillan, 2000: 5)


There is an unceasing contact zone between private life and the domain of public policy, where a welter of not altogether coherent discourses circulate for citizens to make sense of – to take in, reject, act upon, reflect upon, as the case may be. It is the particular dynamic in the relationship between private and public that has, at any one time, consequences for the extent to which the moral ambivalence and social destructiveness of citizens are contained. Wilfred Bion (1962) referred ...

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