Identity in question
Identity in question

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Identity in question


Bem, S.L. (1989) ‘Genital knowledge and gender constancy in pre-school children’, Child Development, vol.60, pp. 649–62.
Beresford, P. and Croft, S. (1995) ‘It's our problem too! Challenging the exclusion of poor people form poverty discourse’, Critical Social Policy, 44–5, pp. 75–95.
Dean, H. (1992) ‘Poverty discourses and the disempowerment of the poor’, Critical Social Policy, vol.35, pp. 79–88.
Department of Social Security (DSS) (1997) Households Below Average Incomes: A Statistical Analysis 1979–1994–5, London, The Stationery Office.
Durkin, K. (1995) Developmental Social Psychology, from Infancy to Old Age, Oxford, Blackwell.
Francis, B. (1997) ‘Power plays: children's constructions of gender and power in role plays’, Gender and Education, vol.9, pp. 179–91.
Francis, B. (1998) ‘Oppositional positions: children's construction of gender in talk and role plays based on adult occupation’, Educational Research, vol. 40, no.1, pp. 31–43.
Goodman, A., Johnson, P. and Webb, S. (1997) Inequality in the UK, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Kay, J. (1991) A Dangerous Knowing, London, Sheba.
Kempson, E. (1996) Life on a Low Income, York, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Kohlberg, L. (1966) ‘A cognitive-developmental analysis of children's sex-role concepts and attitudes’ in Maccoby, E.E. (ed.) The Development of Sex Differences, Stanford, CA, Stanford University Press.
Lister, R. and Beresford, P. (1991) Working Together Against Poverty: Involving Poor People in Action Against Poverty, Open Seminar Project, University of Bradford.
Mooney, G., Kelly, B., Goldblatt, D. and Hughes, G. (2004) DD100 Introductory Chapter. Tales of Fear and Fascination: The Crime Problem in the Contemporary UK, Milton Keynes, The Open University.
Sarup, M. (1996) Identity, Culture and the Postmodern World, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press.
Sen, A.K. (1981) Poverty and Famines, Oxford, Clarendon Press.
Further reading for section 1
Sandra Lipsitz Bem (1993) The Lenses of Gender: Transforming the Debate on Sexual Inequality, London, Yale University Press. This book argues that, to achieve true gender equality, we need to study the hidden assumptions about sex and gender that pervade our society and culture. Bem's thought-provoking book tries to reveal and then dismantle these assumptions, arguing that society need not – and should not – be organised around the difference between men and women.
Vivien Burr (1998) Gender and Social Psychology, London, Routledge. This book gives a clear introduction to the psychology of gender, without assuming a detailed knowledge of psychology. Burr looks at gender differences in a variety of arenas – education, work, and the media – and at some methods used to study gender.
Richard Jenkins (1996) Social Identity, London, Routledge. This is an accessible introduction to debates about social identity which draws mainly on the disciplines of sociology and anthropology. It offers a well-illustrated discussion which elaborates the theories introduced in this chapter.
Madan Sarup (1996) Identity, Culture and the Postmodern World, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press. This book integrates social science material on identity with personal narrative about events in the author's autobiography. He provides accessible coverage of a range of approaches to identity with a focus on culture and representation.
Kath Woodward (2002) Understanding Identity, London, Arnold. This book maps out a range of theoretical debates about the concept of identity, linking them to contemporary issues and recent discussion about the importance of identity. Recent concerns, drawing on a wide range of examples, are located within historical debates.
On inequality: John Hill's report to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Inquiring into Income and Wealth, vols. 1 and 2, is written for a general audience, and is very readable. It has a lot more on the income parade.
Fran Abrams (2002) Below the Breadline, London, Profile Books, offers a more recent discussion of poverty in the UK.
Polly Toynbee (2003) Hard Work: Life in Low Pay Britain, London, Bloomsbury, presents an accessible account of the experiences of people on very low wages.
On social class: Rosemary Crompton's book, Class and Stratification (1998) is a fairly accessible survey.
On consumption: Edgell, S., Hetherington, K. and Warde, A. (eds) (1996) Consumption Matters, Oxford, Blackwell, can be recommended.
Harriet Bradley (1996) Fractured Identities, Cambridge, Polity, is a useful discussion of interrelationship between class and gender.
Gerth, H. and Mills, C.W. (1948) From Max Weber, London, Routledge – has excerpts from original texts by Weber and useful introductory commentary.
Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto – the real thing. Clear polemic which highlights key parts of Marxist mystique. A good read!

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