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The Sociology of Identity. Authenticity, Multidimensionality, and Mobility. Edition No. 1

  • Book

  • 208 Pages
  • September 2020
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • ID: 5840478
How do people think about their identities? How do they express themselves individually and as part of collective groups, social movements, organizations, neighborhoods, or nations? 

Identity has important consequences for how we organize our lives, wield social power, and produce and reproduce privilege and marginality. In this lively and engaging book, Wayne H. Brekhus explores the sociology of identity and its social consequences through three conceptual themes: authenticity, multidimensionality, and mobility. Drawing on vivid examples from ethnography, current events, and everyday life, he offers an approach to identity that goes beyond the individual and demonstrates how social groups privilege, flag, and shape identities. 

Offering an insightful overview of the sociological approaches to understanding social identity in a multicultural, globalized world, The Sociology of Identity will be a welcome resource for students and scholars of identity, and anyone interested in the social and cultural character of the self.

Table of Contents

1 Sociological Approaches to Identity
2 Beyond the Individual: Collective Identities
3 Performing Authenticity: Negotiating the Symbolic Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion
4 Multidimensionality, Intersectionality, and Power: Identity and Social Inequalities
5 Mobility and Fluidity: The Omni-Contextual Nature of Identity


Wayne H. Brekhus