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Social Identity (Key Ideas) [Paperback]

Richard Jenkins

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12 Dec 1996 0415120535 978-0415120531
Without social identity there is no society, because without such frameworks of similarity and difference people would be unable to relate to each other in a consistent and meaningful fashion. Richard Jenkins here presents an introduction to this key concept for the study of society. Arguing that social identity must be seen as both individual and collective, Jenkins aims to show how the work of major theorists from Mead to Bourdieu can illuminate the experience of identity in everyday life.

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Social Identity 2e is a pragmatic and carefully reasoned work which avoids some of the distractions of contemporary writing in the field. There are a number of textbooks out in this area but Jenkins book has a specific and demonstrable niche in the market. This revised edition will maintain the sales pattern and position of the book. 

Sales of the current edition:

Life: 2820 sales




2007:284 to date

The chapter outline will be revised and additional content will add about 12 printed pages to the actual book length, making it up-to-date and more comprehensive in its coverage.


The author will offer a sociological critique of some of the influential viewpoints arising from writers who have followed a different theoretical path such as: Paul Gilroy, Kenan Malik and Charles Lemert, whose writing on multiculture have provided interesting discussion about identity, multiculture and citizenship.

The new edition will respond to the Judith Butler's conception that 'gender is performative'

Issues which have emerged recently: fears of terrorism, environmental collapse, pandemics and asylophobia will be analysed in the text. Moral Panic is inadequate to account for the everyday nature of these occurrences.

Some of the suggested debates around concepts of communities of practice and arguments about the illusory nature of identity will provide fresh references.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Richard Jenkins is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield, UK. Trained as an anthropologist he has done research in Ireland, Britain and Denmark. Among his other books are Foundations of Sociology (2002), Pierre Bourdieu (2nd edition 2002) and Rethinking Ethnicity (2nd edition 2008).

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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