Encyclopedia of Identity

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Encyclopedia of Identity

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

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Ronald L. Jackson II (Ph. D., Howard University) is Associate Professor of Culture and Communication Theory in the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University. He is author of The Negotiation of Cultural Identity  (Praeger Press), Think About It! (Iuniverse.com), African American Communication: Identity and Culture (with Michael Hecht and Sidney Ribeau; Erlbaum Publishers).  Forthcoming are five books entitled: African American Rhetorics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (with Elaine Richardson; Southern Illinois University Press); Scripting the Black Masculine Body in Popular Media: Identity, Discourse and Racial Politics in Popular Media (SUNY Press), Essential Readings in African American Communication Studies and Understanding African American Rhetoric (with Elaine Richardson).  Dr. Jackson’s theory work includes the development of two paradigms coined “cultural contracts theory” and "black masculine identity theory."  

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Identity is a concept that every person deals with at some time or another. The question of who we are is central to many concepts in philosophy and psychology and is one that we all ask at some time during our lives. It is also the core reason for this encyclopedia, which looks at the concept of identity from a variety of perspectives, including psychology, sociology, philosophy, religion, art, and culture. 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. In addition, there is a heavy emphasis on topics related to identity conflict, representations of identity, and theories of identity. Entries are academic in nature but are also comprehensible to the general adult reader. Like all Sage encyclopedias, this one has a “Reader’s Guide” that groups entries into broad topical themes, a general subject index, and a list of contributors. The relatively high price and specialized topic of this work will limit its usefulness in many libraries, but it will be useful in any library supporting research in the fields of philosophy and psychology. Also available as an e-book. --David Tyckoson

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