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Identity Troubles: An Introduction provides a wide-ranging, accessible and critical introduction to theories of identity in the social sciences and humanities. The book explores transformations affecting our personal, professional, cultural, sexual and racial identities – and develops new ideas and concepts for grasping dilemmas of identity in our present age of uncertainty.

Following and extending the model of his highly popular Concepts of the Self, Anthony Elliott starts by distilling the core elements of social theories of identity, summarizing schools of thought from post-structuralism to post-feminism, and from psychoanalysis to postmodernism. The author then explores more recent contemporary Anglo-American traditions of thought about identity. Elliott investigates identity theories from Robert Bellah, Robert Putnam, Richard Sennett and Arlie Hochschild to Anthony Giddens, Ulrich Beck, Zymunt Bauman, Julia Kristeva, Slavoj Zizek and others. By reviewing the key themes and central dynamics of these writers work, Elliott advances beyond existing notions of "individualization", "reflexivity", "liquidization" and "new maladies of the soul" and instead – building upon his earlier books – offers fresh insights into what he terms "the struggle for reinvention" which increasingly defines strategies of identity across the global economy.

The book will be essential reading for undergraduate students in sociology, cultural studies, political science, women’s studies and identity studies in the humanities more generally. It offers the first reasonably comprehensive overview of identity studies in the interdisciplinary field of social theory – with chapters discussing the major works of key theorists, outlining the relevant social and historical context, and drawing out critical themes.

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In our turbulent world of global flows and digital transformations pervasive identity crises and self-reinvention have become increasingly central to everyday life. In this fascinating book, Anthony Elliott shows how global transformations – the new electronic economy, digital worlds, biotechnologies and artificial intelligence - generatesa metamorphosis across the force-field of identities today.

Identity Troubles documents various contemporary mutations of identity – from robotics to biomedicine, from cosmetic surgery to digital lives – and considers their broader social, cultural and political consequences.

Elliott offers a synthesis of the key conceptual innovations in identity studies in the context of recent social theory. He critically examines accounts of "individualization", "reflexivity", "liquidization" and "new maladies of the soul" – situating these in wider social and historical contexts, and drawing out critical themes. He follows with a series of chapters looking at how what is truly new in contemporary life is having profound consequences for identities, both private and public. This book will be essential reading for undergraduate students in sociology, cultural studies, political science, and human geography. It offers the first comprehensive overview of identity studies in the interdisciplinary field of social theory.

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ANTHONY ELLIOTT is Dean of External Engagement at the University of South Australia, where he is Executive Director of the Hawke EU Centre and Research Professor of Sociology. He is also Global Professor (Visiting) of Sociology at Keio University, Japan. He is the author and editor of over 40 books, translated into over a dozen languages

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