Understanding Identity (An Arnold Publication) by Kath Woodward

By Kath Woodward

Identification has develop into a buzzword that we pay attention approximately in various contexts, from situation with the self expressed via treatment, to identification crises that function at the international area. This ebook bargains the 1st advent to the energetic debates surrounding the idea that of identification. Drawing on examples of gender, ethnic, age and paintings identities, in addition to these associated with position and kingdom, this assortment explores own, social and cultural identities. Taking an interdisciplinary technique, the ebook maps out modern debates approximately id inside sociology, cultural experiences, media reviews, social psychology and political technology. each one bankruptcy addresses the diversity of the way during which theories approximately identification search to unravel the strain among viewing id as being fastened and good, or fluid and altering.

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All I can do is help them come to the conclusions they want to make' (p. 24). These practices involve those in receipt of counselling internalizing these narratives of the self, what in the discourse of Relate counselling might be called taking 36 Understanding identity responsibility. Thus they are not directed, or even advised, they take care of themselves although the techniques are practised at the counselling sessions. The counsellor suggests separate sessions for the two people. In this case this allows the woman to express her resentment, which later enables her to voice these feelings to her partner.

The notion of the sovereign individual is a relatively recent idea historically, Knowing me, knowing you 21 but it has had enormous impact and very different manifestations in thinking about identity. The unified subject is one who largely has responsibility for actions that are carried out, and exercises individual agency, whereas in the west with the development of capitalist industrialization came more complex and collective groupings of identity which could be seen as subject to social, structural forces.

Holstein and Gubrium are attracted by what they call 'practical, interactionally crafted identity' (2000: 89). Garfinkel's notion of reflexivity suggests that we make sense of who we 30 Understanding identity are through talk and conversation. Although we may think of ourselves as describing what exists around us, through our talk we are creating the order of that world, by making sense (1967). This provides a focus on the everyday stories we tell and through which we construct ourselves. Holstein and Gubrium offer illustration from conversational analysis but seek to incorporate Foucauldian discourse analysis into their theory of the narrativization of identity.

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