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This book makes a significant contribution to cultural economic approaches to organizational and economic life. Specifically it offers both a survey of the field, as well as a practical guide to doing 'cultural economy'. The text, which builds upon du Gay's earlier work, will engage with a range of debates from cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, geography, and management. It brings du Gay's style and originality to bear on the subject of culture and economy, and results in a book that will once more make a solid contribution to cultural studies.

The Identity of Persons I
The identity of persons I
Introduction

As I indicated in the Introduction to this book, ‘identity’ and its ‘construction’ has been the subject of an extraordinary amount of debate in the social and human sciences over the last two decades. Much of this remarkable upsurge of interest is inspired by and associated with the analyses of a disparate group of theorists – Althusser, Barthes, Derrida, Foucault, Kristeva and Lacan, to name but the most obvious. One consistent theme in this otherwise rather eclectic corpus is the challenge it poses to the ontological foundations of the person as the author of their own acts and centred in a unitary, reflective and directive consciousness. Disregarding for the moment the very significant conceptual and methodological ...

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