Expressions of Identity: Space, Performance, Politics

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SAGE, Sep 14, 1998 - 192 pages
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This innovative book sets out to question what we understand by the term new social movements'. By examining a range of issues associated with identity politics and alternative lifestyles, the author challenges those who treat new social movements as instances of wider social change while often ignoring their more local' and dispersed' importance.

This book questions what it means to adopt an identity that is organised around issues of expressivism - and offers a series of non-reductionist ways of looking at identity politics.

Hetherington analyzes expressive identities through issues of performance, spaces of identity and the occasion'. This important work shows how the significance of identity politics are at once local, plural, situated and topologically complex.

 

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Contents

Identity Identification and Expressive Organisation
21
Expressivism and Identification
41
The Structure of Feeling
61
Expressive Organisation and Emotional Communities
83
Social Space and the Performance of Identity
101
Marginal Spaces and the Topology of Utopia
123
Embodiment and
141
Afterword Telling Horizontal Stories
157
Index
175
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About the author (1998)

Kevin Hetherington is a Lecturer in Sociology at Brunel University.

Rolland Munro is Reader in Accountability at the Centre for Social Theory and Technology, Keele University.

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