This unit of study draws on recent social and cultural theory addressing questions of identity and difference to explore the historical production of contemporary identities. It seeks to juxtapose the notion that identity is unstable and historically conferred with those discourses that speak of identity as unitary and stable over time. The unit of study looks to the newly visible categories of 'women, 'migrant', 'gay' and 'black', and to slightly older categories like 'the homosexual', 'the delinquent', 'the Aborigine' to question more familiar narratives of identity formation and to explore the implications of those moves for understanding connections between identity formation and governmental activity.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Readings are available via VU Collaborate.
This unit is not a compulsorily taken as part of any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.