Introduction: Special Issue of FORUM on Identity

  • Denise deCaires Narain University of Sussex


'Identity' is a word that we have learned - with good reason - to be wary of. Its suggestion of solidity and fixity makes it a dangerous and divisive concept that elides the flux and instability that characterizes selfhood. In academic discourses, identity has been theorized exhaustively and the idea of the subject as de-centred and constantly shifting is taken-for-granted. But still 'identity' won't go away. Indeed, in some arenas of public culture, 'identity' remains a necessary concept around which to consolidate ideas of selfhood that may not be so readily accommodated in prevailing definitions of the self.

How to Cite
deCaires Narain, D. (2010, December 12). Introduction: Special Issue of FORUM on Identity. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts, (11), 1 - 8. Retrieved from
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