Identities Cluster Reading Group

The group was formed in December 2017 and meets once a month to discuss texts of interest to the research agenda of the cluster. The group is keen on reading various approaches, theories and analytical tools to unpack questions of identity from across disciplines.

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April 24, 2018 12:00 to 1:30pm ARI AS8-07-61 (Resource Room).

a.    Lead Discussant: Alexander Svitych (NUS Political Science)
b.    Reading:
      i.    Scheff, Thomas. "Shame in Self and Society." Symbolic Interaction, Vol. 26, No. 2 (2003), pp. 239-262
      ii.   Turner, Jonathan. "Self, Emotions, and Extreme Violence: Extending Symbolic Interactionist Theorizing." Symbolic Interaction, Vol. 30, No. 4 (2007), pp. 501–530


March 27, 2018 12:00 to 1:30pm ARI AS8-07-61 (Resource Room).

a.    Lead Discussant: Michele Ruth Gamburd (ARI Visiting Senior Research Fellow)
b.    Reading:
      i.    Kuper, Adam. "The Return of the Native." Current Anthropology, 44(3), pp. 389-402
      ii.    Biolsi, Thomas. "Race Technologies." Ch. 25 in A Companion to the Anthropology of Politics (David Nugent and Joan Vincent, editors)


February 21, 2018 12:00 to 1:30pm ARI AS8-07-60 (Meeting Room).

a.    Lead Discussant: Amit Julka (NUS Political Science)
b.    Reading: Nandy, Ashis. The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self Under Colonialism. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1983


January 19, 2018 2:00 to 3:30pm ARI AS8-07-61 (Resource Room)

a.    Lead Discussant: Setoh Pei-pei (NTU Psychology)
b.    Readings:  
      i.   Marcus, Hazel Rose and Shinobu Kitayama. 1991. “Culture and the self: Implications for cognition and emotion.” Psychological Review 98 (2): 224-253.
      ii.   Nisbett, Richard. The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently. Simon and Schuster, 2010. Chs 3-6, 47-163.


December 12, 2017 12:00 to 1:30pm ARI AS8-7-60 (Meeting Room)

a.    Lead Discussant: Ted Hopf (NUS Political Science)
b.    Reading: Brubaker, Rogers and Cooper, Frederick. “Beyond Identity.”. Theory and Society Vol. 29, No. 1 (Feb., 2000), pp. 1-47