Understanding Identity (An Arnold Publication) by Kath Woodward

By Kath Woodward

Identification has turn into a buzzword that we pay attention approximately in a number of contexts, from obstacle with the self expressed via treatment, to id crises that function at the worldwide area. This publication deals the 1st creation to the full of life debates surrounding the idea that of identification. Drawing on examples of gender, ethnic, age and paintings identities, in addition to these associated with position and country, this assortment explores own, social and cultural identities. Taking an interdisciplinary procedure, the ebook maps out modern debates approximately id inside sociology, cultural reviews, media stories, social psychology and political technology. each one bankruptcy addresses the range of how within which theories approximately id search to solve the strain among viewing identification as being fastened and solid, or fluid and altering.

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The final verdict of this couple is that the counselling has helped but they would both have liked more direction, more explicit guidance from the counsellor. However, direct, explicit advice is not really what is on offer. The emphasis is on facilitating and enabling couples to come to their own conclusions and take their own actions. What does this tell us about identity formation in this particular context? Identity is clearly developed in relation to others and in specific material and social circumstances.

In the attention that is paid to the logical relationships between thoughts' (Freud, [1900] 1965: 545). Conscious thought, on the other hand is powered by what Freud calls the secondary processes, which involve the imposition of inflexible logical structures that are both calculating and judgemental. In contrast, the unconscious expressed through dreams is a fluid, free-flowing psychic energy. The unconscious may be contradictory with very different rules of time and space, all of which counter the pursuit of clarity and meaningful precision of the primary process of the conscious mind.

This is not, of course, to say that such theories are without problems, especially in relation to this apparently universal claim made for psychic processes, which seem to operate outside specific social and historical circumstances in some accounts. Conclusion I have selected some of the key moments in the identity story; notably those points at which the distinguishing features - and problems - of identity have been addressed. This has not been a linear narrative, but rather one which has offered some brief coverage of background to the debate about identity, which is to be explained in more detail in this book.

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