Why and how do contemporary questions of culture so readily become highly charged questions of identity? The question of cultural identity lies at the heart of current debates in cultural studies and social theory. At issue is whether those identities which defined the social and cultural world of modern societies for so long - distinctive identities of gender, sexuality, race, class and nationality - are in decline, giving rise to new forms of identification and fragmenting the modern individual as a unified subject. Questions of Cultural Identity offers a wide-ranging exploration of this issue. Stuart Hall firstly outlines the reasons why the question of identity is so compelling and yet so problematic. The cast of

Organizing Identity: Entrepreneurial Governance and Public Management

Organizing Identity: Entrepreneurial Governance and Public Management

Organizing identity: Entrepreneurial governance and public management
Pauldu Gay

These days it seems increasingly difficult to get away from ‘culture’. Within the academy, for example, the theme of ‘culture’ has come to dominate debates in the social and human sciences. At the same time the substantive concerns of other spheres of existence have come to be represented in ‘cultural’ terms. In the domain of formal politics in the UK during the 1980s the ruling Conservative Party's radical programme of reform was represented in large part as a ‘cultural’ crusade, concerned with the attitudes, values and forms of self-understanding embedded in both individual and institutional activities. In other words, the government's political project of reconstruction was defined as one of cultural ...

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