The Sociology of IdentityAuthenticity, Multidimensionality, and Mobility
The Sociology of Identity
Authenticity, Multidimensionality, and Mobility
How do people think about their identities? How do they express themselves individually and as part of collective groups, social movements, organizations, neighborhoods, or nations? 

Identity has important consequences for how we organize our lives, wield social power, and produce and reproduce privilege and marginality. In this lively and engaging book, Wayne H. Brekhus explores the sociology of identity and its social consequences through three conceptual themes: authenticity, multidimensionality, and mobility. Drawing on vivid examples from ethnography, current events, and everyday life, he offers an approach to identity that goes beyond the individual and demonstrates how social groups privilege, flag, and shape identities. 

Offering an insightful overview of the sociological approaches to understanding social identity in a multicultural, globalized world, <i>The Sociology of Identity</i> will be a welcome resource for students and scholars of identity, and anyone interested in the social and cultural character of the self.
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  • October 2020 (hb)
    December 2020 (pb)
  • 208 pages
  • 158 x 232 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents
1 Sociological Approaches to Identity 
2 Beyond the Individual: Collective Identities 
3 Performing Authenticity: Negotiating the Symbolic Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion 
4 Multidimensionality, Intersectionality, and Power: Identity and Social Inequalities 
5 Mobility and Fluidity: The Omni-Contextual Nature of Identity 
About the Author
Wayne H. Brekhus is Professor of Sociology at the University of Missouri.
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“Identity has long been one of the central concepts in the social sciences. In this readable, theoretically-rich, and empirically-sound work, Wayne Brekhus has provided a persuasive account of how identities are linked to authenticity, multidimensionality, and mobility. For anyone interested in selves and societies, this impressive book provides an account that reveals and inspires.”
Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University
Gary Alan Fine, Northwestern University
“With lucidity and richness, Brekhus casts identity in a refreshing new light. The unique combination of cognitive sociology and symbolic interactionism reveals the paradoxical process of constructing, performing and navigating selfhood while pursuing authenticity. This wonderful book is highly recommended.”
Susie Scott, University of Sussex
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