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.




A Fashion for Self-Fashioning

Most everyone in the Commonwealth, Europe, or North America can tell you what they are gay, straight, bisexual, bicurious. The categories of sexual identity subdivide as their capacity to designate fails some individuals. In our current context, it seems natural that everyone has a sexual identity; indeed, we feel a certain amount of pity toward those who disclaim a sexual identity, and relieved when those who held one at odds with our own perception of them finally ‘come out’ as whatever they have determined themselves truly to be. But how did it happen that something so clearly variable across cultures, places, times, and even individual life spans should be taken as not only a natural possession of each individual psyche but ...

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