Beyond unities of identity in high modernity

Authors
Citation
F. Anthias, Beyond unities of identity in high modernity, IDENTITIES, 6(1), 1999, pp. 121-144
Citations number
55
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER
ISSN journal
1070-289X → ACNP
Volume
6
Issue
1
Year of publication
1999
Pages
121 - 144
Database
ISI
SICI code
1070-289X(199906)6:1<121:BUOIIH>2.0.ZU;2-#
Abstract
This paper explores contemporary approaches to identity within modernity wi th reference to the influential recent work of Anthony Giddens (1991, 1994) and recent debates on hybridity and diaspora developed within what may be termed a postmodern framework. Unlike Giddens' focus on the unitary self of high modernity whose political project is self-actualization, and unlike t he focus on cultural social forms found in debates on diaspora and hybridit y, I argue that social divisions lie at the heart of modern societies. The social divisions of gender, ethnicity, "race," and class must therefore be prime concerns in sociology because they lie at the very heart of the moder n social order. They are central in terms of constructions of identity and otherness and in terms of producing differentiated and complex social outco mes for individuals and groups (Anthias 1998a).