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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 ...

Goodbye to Identity?
Goodbye to identity?
StephenFrosh and LisaBaraitser
The Displaced Subject (Again)

The notion that identity might be plural, or indeed, best described as a process, is now very familiar within psychoanalysis, as well as in the social sciences. This is despite the way that psychoanalysis continues to display contradictory positions on this issue, perhaps an indication of its own fractured identity. The seemingly stable and achieved nature of identity (the end point of Erikson's (1956) classical psychoanalytic theory) is still visible in the notion that repressed ideas produce stable ways of being that are resistant to change; on the other hand, the vision of identites as fluid and multiple can be seen in the understanding of unconscious ideas as variable, contradictory and partial. More syncretically, psychoanalysis ...

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