The politics of identity

Place, space and discourse

Edited by Christine Agius and Dean Keep

The politics of identity


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1024-4
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: January 2018
  • BIC Category: Politics, Comparative politics, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, The Self, Ego, Identity, Personality, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics


In what ways can we think through the complexities of identity? Identity is a contested concept, but it is more than a thing possessed by agents. Identity is contingent and dynamic, constituting and reconstituting subjects with political effects. In this edited book, identity is explored through a range of unique interdisciplinary case studies from around the world. Questions of citizenship, belonging, migration, conflict, security, peace and subjectivity are examined through social construction, post-colonialism, and gendered lenses from an interdisciplinary perspective. This combination showcases in particular the political implications of identity, how it is constituted, and the effects it produces.

This edited collection will be of particular interest to students of international relations theory, migration studies, gender and sexuality, post-colonialism and policy-making at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


1 The politics of identity: making and disrupting identity - Christine Agius and Dean Keep
Part I: Establishing and consolidating identity
2 Co-constituting Fijian identity: the role of constitutions in Fijian national identity - Christopher Mudaliar
3 Australian foreign policy and the vernacular of national belonging - Katie Linnane
4 Gendered identities in peacebuilding: an analysis of post-2006 - Timor-Leste and Sarah Smith
5 Agents of peace: place, identity and peacebuilding - Gezim Visoka
Part II: Identity rupture
6 A space for identity: the case of Lebanon's naturalised Palestinians - Hind Ghandour
7 The Romani 'camp-dwellers' in Rome: between state control and 'collective-identity closure' - Riccardo Armillei
8 Telling terrorism tales: narrative identity and Homeland - Louise Pears
9 Right(s) from the ground up: internal displacement, the urban periphery and belonging to the city - Helen Berents
Part III: Contesting identity
10 Sweden, military intervention and the loss of memory - Annika Bergman Rosamond and Christine Agius
11 Pollution and purity: caste-based discrimination and the mobilisation of Dalit sameness - Ted Svensson
12 The queer common: resisting the public at Gezi Park and beyond - Paul Gordon Kramer
13 Positive regard for difference without identity - Lucy Nicholas


Christine Agius is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Dean Keep is Lecturer in Digital Media at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

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