Understanding Identity

Woodward, Kath (2003). Understanding Identity. London, UK: Hodder Arnold.

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Understanding Identity explores the diverse ways in which identity matters in the contemporary world through histories of the self and of belonging.The book charts some of the most important identity stories which inform people's lives, both in the public arena, for example post September 11th 2001 and in personal lives, highlighting the importance of gender,'race','ethnicity, embodiment and place. It explores the tensions between fixity and fluidity and the interrelationship between social and psychic worlds to develop a theory of dynamic belonging to explain some of the dilemmas of attempting to stabilise the self in a world so often characterised by uncertainties and insecurities.

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