Introduction: Special Issue of FORUM on Identity

  • Denise deCaires Narain University of Sussex

Abstract


'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.

Published
12-Dec-2010
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 http://www.forumjournal.org/article/view/650
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