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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 ...

Top Girls? Young Women and the Post-Feminist Sexual Contract*1
Top girls? young women and the post-feminist sexual contract*

Since early decisions on education and employment influence later possibilities, it is only younger women who are able to make many of the major work and life decisions in a context of legally enforceable equal opportunities. Age is thus crucial in new forms of difference and inequalities between women. (Walby 1997: 41)

The education of girls is probably the most important catalyst for changes in society. Augusto Lopez-Claros, Chief Economist, at the World Economic Forum, quoted in the Guardian 18 May 2005, p. 208.

And now it's quite clear that the danger has changed. (Foucault, 1984: 344)

Resurgent Patriarchies and Gender Retrenchment

This analysis of a ‘new sexual contract’ now seemingly available ...

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