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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.

Indigeneity as a Field of Power: Multiculturalism and Indigenous Identities in Political Struggles
Indigeneity as a field of power: Multiculturalism and indigenous identities in political struggles

Group's self-identification as tribal or indigenous is not natural or inevitable, but neither is it simply invented, adopted, or imposed. It is, rather, a positioning that draws upon historically sedimented practices, landscapes, and repertoires of meaning, and emerges through particular patterns of engagement and struggle. (Tania Li)2

Writing this chapter has represented a genuine challenge for me, as I have worked to construct a dialogue between theoretical debates in the ‘north’ and theoretical and political concerns in the Latin American academic community.3 It has been a labour of translation both literally and conceptually. Translating debates and placing them in the framework ...

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