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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 ...

The Identities of Self-Interest: Performativity, History, Ethics
The identities of self-interest: Performativity, history, ethics
Pauldu Gay
Introduction

If specific concepts and comportments of the person can be seen to perform quite different functions in different contexts, then it is important not to underdescribe them. If we do, it is more than probable that we won't be able to see the job that each is doing, how each has its own history and distribution, has fashioned its own ethos, and is directed by its own techniques to its own ends.

In this Chapter, I seek to live up to this injunction by unpacking ‘the’ concept of ‘self-interest’. This concept has frequently functioned as a unifying device. ‘Self-Interest’ is regularly viewed, by its friends as well as its foes, as one ...

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