Without social identity there is no human world. Without frameworks of similarity and difference, people would be unable to relate to each other in a consistent and meaningful fashion. In the second edition of this highly successful text, Richard Jenkins develops his argument that identity is both individual and collective, and should therefore be considered within one analytic framework. Using the work of major social theorists, such as Mead, Goffman, and Barthes to explore the experience of identity in everyday life, Jenkins considers a range of different issues, including embodiment, categorization and boundaries, the institutionalizing of identities, and identity and modernity.
Written in a clear and accessible style throughout, the text has been thoroughly revised and updated. It is essential reading for all students interested in the concept of identity in the contemporary world.
From the Back Cover
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.