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Intersections Between Identity and Security

  • Julian Richards
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Abstract

The second chapter provides a comprehensive review of the link between identity theory and security, promoting the argument in so doing that “an understanding of identity theory provides a key epistemological framework for discussions of contemporary security challenges.” The analysis frames itself around the interplay between macro- and micro-level approaches to identity formation and politicization, which, in the world of security studies is often articulated as the question of “push and pull factors”. A comprehensive review of identity theory is undertaken in this chapter, starting with the work of William James on “multiple selves” and moving into debates about symbolic interactionism and performativity in the contemporary context.

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  • Julian Richards
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  1. 1.University of BuckinghamBuckinghamUnited Kingdom

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