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An understanding of identity is fundamental to a complete understanding of organizational life.While conventional management textbooks nod to in-groups, cohesion and discrimination, this text offers instead a deeper, more nuanced understanding of why people, groups and organizations behave the way they do. With conceptions of identity perhaps less stable than they have ever been, the authors make complex theoretical issues accessible to the reader through the use of lively examples from popular culture. The authors present an overview of the key issues, as well as an examination of cutting-edge research and topical forces currently re-defining identity, such as globalisation, the fair trade movement and online identities.

This text is a succinct, relevant and exciting overview of the field of identity studies as it relates to business and management and applied social sciences, an is an invaluable resource to undergraduate and postgraduate students of management on any course that has an identity component.

The Future of Identity
The future of identity

[A]s we move from modernity into the great unknown that lies ahead, old prisons and old chimeras are losing their grip. Old forms of entrapment and suffering do not appear so threatening any more, but ambivalence, confusion and anxiety become associated with new, different forms of entrapment for which the glass cage offers a fair evocation. New forms of consolation also appear – new breads, new circuses and new opiates, bringing with them hopes, anxieties and confusions of their own. (Gabriel, 2005: 25)


In this concluding chapter, we explore what the future might hold for identity and organizations. We focus on different aspects of how modern management practices are implicated in shaping the identities of the modern workforce. The ...

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