Identity research is at the heart of many trans-disciplinary research centers around the world. No single social science discipline `owns' identity research and The SAGE Handbook of Identities draws on a global scholarship to cover in four parts its: Frameworks: presents the main theoretical and methodological perspectives in identities research.Formations: covers the major formative forces for identities such as culture, globalization, migratory patterns, biology and so on.Categories: reviews research on the core social categories which are central to identity such as ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability and social class and intersections between these.Sites and Context: develops a series of case studies of crucial sites and contexts where identity is at stake such as social movements, relationships and family life, work-places and environments and citizenship.



Ethnic riots have broken out in Nairobi, Kisumu, Eldoret, and numerous other places in Kenya. People have been pulled from their cars and their identification cards checked for their names, which symbolize their ethnic identity, and then killed if they belong to groups being targeted. (Genocide, 2008)

The repeated global eruption of ‘ethnic conflicts’ indicate that, in particular contexts, ethnicities and the identities associated with them can readily be evoked as sources of concerted action. Given its global significance, it is not surprising that ethnic identities are studied and debated in many disciplines. In particular, the ‘problematic conflation of ethnicity with conflict’ has frequently been challenged (Karner, 2007: 16). Brubaker (2004) argues that ethnic groups are often reified in ways that routinely treat ethnicised and ...

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