Questioning Identity

How far is it possible to forge new identities in changing times? This key text will be essential reading for students starting out in the social sciences and for anyone with an interest in the dilemmas of identity in contemporary society.

Author: Kath Woodward

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415329671

Category: Social Science

Page: 162

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Questioning Identity: Gender, Class, Ethnicity provides an accessible exploration of identity as a contemporary concern in everyday life and as a key concept in the social sciences. The world in the twenty-first century may be an increasingly unstable place, but changes offer new opportunities as well as new challenges. Drawing on work from a number of different disciplines and focusing on the key social divisions of gender, class, 'race' and ethnicity, this book shows how these challenges and opportunities work out in people's lives. What is happening when people identify with particular definitions of themselves or strike out and forge new identities? Do gender, class and ethnicity offer some stability and even security about who we are, or are these structures constraints on our freedom to choose our own identities? How far is it possible to forge new identities in changing times? This key text will be essential reading for students starting out in the social sciences and for anyone with an interest in the dilemmas of identity in contemporary society.

Questioning Identity

vii Series preface Questioning Identity : Gender , Class , Nation is the first in a series of five books , entitled An Introduction to the Social Sciences : Understanding Social Change . If the social sciences are to retain and extend ...

Author: Kath Woodward

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415222877

Category: Social Science

Page: 166

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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Literature in Society

Woodward, Questioning Identity. Gender, Class, Nation. Gender, Class, Ethnicity (Understanding Social Change), 8. success in the field, and her self-conscious choice to live GENDER, IDENTITY, AND THE CITY IN ANN PATCHETT'S THE ...

Author: Regina Rudaitytė

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443843928

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 275

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The essays in this volume focus on the text-world dichotomy that has been a pivotal problem since Plato, implicating notions of mimesis and representation and raising a series of debatable issues. Do literary texts relate only to the fictional world and not to the real one? Do they not only describe but also perform and thus create and transform reality? Is literature a mere reflection/expression of society, a field and a tool of political manipulations, a playground to exercise ideological and social power? Herbert Grabes’ seminal essay “Literature in Society/Society and Its Literature”, which opens this volume, perfectly captures the essential functions of literature in society, whether it be Derridean belief in a revolutionary potential of literature, “the power of literature to say everything”, or Hillis Miller’s view of literature having the potential to create or reveal alternative realities; or, according to Grabes, the ability of literature “to offer to society a possibility of self-reflection by way of presenting a double of what is held to be reality”; and, last but not least, the ability of literature “to considerably contribute to the joy of life by enabling a particular kind of pleasure” – the pleasure of reading literature. The subsequent essays collected in this volume deal with complex relations between Literature and Society, approaching this issue from different angles and in various historical epochs. They are on diverse thematics and written from diverse theoretical perspectives, differing in scope and methodology.

Knowledge and the Social Sciences

Knowledge and the Social Sciences : Theory , Method , Practice takes as its point of departure the claims that all forms of ... Understanding Social Change are Questioning Identity : Gender , Class , Nation edited by Kath Woodward The ...

Author: Open University

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415222869

Category: Social Science

Page: 165

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This book provides a clear introduction to key philosophical and epistemological issues in the social sciences, to both positivist and interpretative methodologies through comparing contemporary debates surrounding social change.

The Natural and the Social

Other titles in the series An Introduction to the Social Sciences : Understanding Social Change are Questioning Identity : Gender , Class , Nation edited by Kath Woodward Ordering Lives : Family , Work and Welfare edited by Gordon ...

Author: Open University

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415222893

Category: Science

Page: 167

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This fascinating new book draws on insights from across the social sciences - from psychology, economics and geography as well as sociology - to examine the changing character of society and nature.

Ordering Lives

Is UK society really more fragmented and uncertain now than ever before ? ... to the Social Sciences : Understanding Social Change are Questioning Identity : Gender , Class , Nation edited by Kath Woodward The Natural and the Social ...

Author: Open University

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415222923

Category: Social Science

Page: 171

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This work takes the social institutions of the family, work and welfare and examines their role in maintaining social order and promoting social change in Britain from the 1950s onwards. It offers an introduction to the theory used in explanations of social relations and institutional arrangements.

A Globalizing World

Other titles in the series An Introduction to the Social Sciences : Understanding Social Change are Questioning Identity : Gender , Class , Nation edited by Kath Woodward The Natural and the Social : Uncertainty , Risk , Change edited ...

Author: David Held

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 041522294X

Category: Social Science

Page: 188

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A Globalizing World? offers a clear and intelligible guide to one of the key debates of our time, introducing the theoretical positions to examine globalization in practice, from the films we watch to the way we are governed.

Self re presentation now

Questioning identity: Gender, class, nation (Understanding social change) (2nd ed.). Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis. Kindle edition. Index Adams, V. 20 aesthetic performance, selfie 30–3 affective investment.

Author: Nancy Thumim

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429769214

Category: Social Science

Page: 118

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Questions of presentation and representation of individuals, groups, and communities have become key sites of struggle, as evidenced by the battles in both physical and digital spaces – battles which have also thrown the roles of digital affordances, systems, industries, and structures into relief. This book shows that questions about the (re)presentation of the self in digital culture are now key to how the field of media and communication must engage with the political; and demonstrates the wide range of scholarship focusing on presentation and representation of the self in recent times. The contributors show that questions of self-presentation and representation in digital culture are the focus of lively debate, critique, and investigation and that this is taking place from a number of theoretical perspectives and locations across the globe. This book was originally published as a special issue of Popular Communication.

Perspectives on the Educational Experiences of African Caribbean Boys

For example, Kath Woodward (2000) entitles heredited collection: Questioning Identity: Gender, Class, Nation. She places her text within current rapid global and local social, political and technological change, suggesting three ...

Author: Nisheet Gosai

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443834360

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

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This study critically explores contemporary African/Caribbean boys’ (15–16 years old) educational experiences in the UK. It focuses on their lives from both within and outside the school. Various research methods are employed in order to gain a comprehensive picture that includes the accounts of African/Caribbean boys, parents, teachers and youth workers. The study explores both the boys’ positive and negative experiences of school life. At one level, the boys’ narratives suggest ‘a nothing but the same old story’ of racial exclusion and subordination within urban secondary schools. At another level, we hear of the importance of education in their lives. Of particular significance is the evidence of how black supplementary schools and youth organisations are providing an educational space that positively supports them in their transition into adulthood. The study makes recommendations for educationalists and policy makers based on the findings. This includes the need to understand the boys’ experiences of racial exclusion and the complexities around the intersection of race, gender and class for a younger generation at the start of the twenty-first century. In comparing mainstream and supplementary educational spaces, the boys identify the need to build an inclusive mainstream curriculum that represents the historical past and cultural present of their lives. Importantly, the study vividly highlights contrasting teacher-pupil interactions between these two educational spaces, suggesting what the former can learn from the latter.

Controversial Issues In A Disabling Society

Williams , F. ( 1996 ) Postmodernism , feminism and the question of difference , in N. Parton ( ed . ) Social Theory , Social Change and Social Work . London : Routledge . ... Questioning Identity : Gender , Class , Nation .

Author: John Swain

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335232925

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 198

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At its best Disability Studies is an arena of critical debate addressing controversial issues concerning, not just the meaning of disability, but the nature of society, dominant values, quality of life, and even the right to live. Indeed, Disability Studies is itself the subject of controversy, in terms of its theoretical basis and who controls courses and research and whether it should be shaped and controlled by disabled academics or grassroots activists. Within these debates, generated by the social model of disability, are fundamental challenges to policy, provision and professional practice that are directly relevant to all who work with disabled people, whether in the field of social work, health or education. Controversial Issues in a Disabling Society has been written specifically to raise questions and stimulate debate. It has been designed for use with students in group discussion, and to support in-depth study on a variety of professional courses. It covers a wide range of specific, substantive issues within Disability Studies in a series of succinct chapters. Each chapter sets a question for debate, places the key issues in context and presents a particular argument. This is an accessible and engaging book which challenges dominant positions and ideologies from a social model viewpoint of disability.