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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Expressivism and Identification
The Structure of Feeling
Expressive Organisation and Emotional Communities
Social Space and the Performance of Identity
Marginal Spaces and the Topology of Utopia
Embodiment and
Afterword Telling Horizontal Stories

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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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