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About the SeriesThe SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.Key Concepts in Education provides students with over 100 essential themes, topics and expressions that Education students are likely to encounter, both during their courses and beyond in professional practice. Co-authored to draw on experiences of working within academia, local authorities and the classroom, the entries provide:a definition of the concepta description of the historical and practical contextan explanation of how the concept is appliedan evaluation of the concepthelpful references and suggested further readingThis book will be essential reading for students of Education, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers. About the AuthorsFred Inglis is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sheffield. Lesley Aers is a senior member of a local authority school improvement service and an Ofsted inspector. Both authors are former schoolteachers.  


Identity, one would think, is one concept everybody should be clear about. One's own identity being that configuration of attributes and inheritance which make one who one really is and not somebody else, then the expectation would surely be that the components of identity would be as hard and definite as stone. This expectation would be the stronger for identity's having become the source in contemporary political argument of so much fierce self-assertion and displays, even murderous ones, of invincible self-righteousness.

One possible explanation for the heat and hatred engendered by identity disputes may well be the widespread ruptures and dissolution of natural ties to families, neighbourhoods, ethnic groups and nations which have been effected by the vast economic changes generalised as globalisation. It may ...

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