'This book overturns the conventional thinking about organization
and identity and puts in its place a wholly new theoretical
synthesis. It is not just an extraordinarily incisive commentary on
modern life but it is also a key to thinking about identity in new
ways which will prove an indispensable guide as we move beyond
social constructionism. Remarkable'
- Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Warwick
'I have to say that as usual I find very refreshing Paul du
Gay's courageous and unconventional approach, a clarity of vision
that I find very appealing'
- Professor Marilyn Strathern, William Wyse Professor of Social
Anthropology at the University Of Cambridge and Mistress of Girton
Like many other popular academic terms, Identity has been asked
to do so much work that it has often ended up doing none at all
and, as a consequence, there has been a recent turn away from
In this book, Paul du Gay moves identity theory in a new
direction, offering a distinctive approach to studying how persons
human and non human - are put together or assembled: how their
Identities are formed. The book does this through an engagement
with a range of work in the social sciences, humanities and in
organization studies which privileges the business of description
over metaphysical speculation and epochalist assertion.
At the heart of the book is an approach to the material-cultural
making up of persons that involves a shift away from general social
and cultural accounts concerning the formation of subjectivity and
identity towards an understanding of the specific forms of
personhood that individuals acquire through their immersion in and
subjection to particular normative and technical regimes of
The book is written for scholars - particularly postgraduate and
beyond interested in debates about identity, subjectivity and
personhood in a range of disciplines especially those in sociology,
social anthropology, geography, and organization and management
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