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Encyclopedia of Identity

Encyclopedia of Identity

Two Volume Set
Edited by:

June 2010 | 1 000 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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The two volumes of this encyclopedia seek to explore myriad ways in which we define ourselves in our daily lives. Comprising 300 entries, the Encyclopedia of Identity offers readers an opportunity to understand identity as a socially constructed phenomenon - a dynamic process both public and private, shaped by past experiences and present circumstances, and evolving over time.

Offering a broad, comprehensive overview of the definitions, politics, manifestations, concepts, and ideas related to identity, the entries include short biographies of major thinkers and leaders, as well as discussions of events, personalities, and concepts.  The Encyclopedia of Identity is designed for readers to grasp the nature and breadth of identity as a psychological, social, anthropological, and popular idea.

Key Themes
Developing Identities
Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
Identities in Conflict
Language and Discourse
Living Ethically
Media and Popular Culture
Protecting Identity
Race, Culture, and Ethnicity
Relating Across Cultures
Representations of Identity
Theories of Identity

"....Nearly 300 essays... provide scholarly yet clearly written overviews of the many aspects of identity from the many disciplines that treat it.... Bottom line This is a most worthwhile reference tool for many academic libraries, as well as for large public libraries. The electronic version, while more expensive, will provide a greater ease of searching and accessing individual terms within every article. Highly recommended." (starred review)

Marcia Welsh
Dartmouth Coll. Libs., Hanover, NH
Library Journal

"Each of the 300 entries is written by a scholar who provides a definition of the concept, an overview of the history and current thinking, criticisms of the concept, and a bibliography of further reading. A significant portion of the work covers identity issues related to race, class, gender, nationality, religion, and language.... Useful in any library supporting research in the fields of philosophy and psychology. Also available as an e-book."-Booklist

David Tyckoson

"For libraries serving programs focused on issues of identity, this would be a useful acquisition. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers."

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