Reconstructing Identity

A Transdisciplinary Approach

  • Nicholas Monk
  • Mia Lindgren
  • Sarah McDonald
  • Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Nicholas Monk, Mia Lindgren, Sarah McDonald, Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou
    Pages 1-15
  3. Biological Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-19
    2. Farhana Omer, Matthew R. Broome
      Pages 41-59
    3. Kevin G. Moffat
      Pages 61-82
  4. Structures of National and Personal Identity

  5. Creating and Mediating Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-181
    2. Gabriel García Ochoa, Sarah Lorimer
      Pages 243-263
    3. Nicholas Monk, Mia Lindgren, Sarah McDonald, Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou
      Pages 265-272
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 273-332

About this book


This book examines the notion of identity through a multitude of interdisciplinary approaches. It collects current thinking from international scholars spanning philosophy, history, science, cultural studies, media, translation, performance, and marketing, each with an outlook informed by their own subject and a mission to reflect on a theme that is greater than the sum of its parts. This project was born out of a dynamic international and interdisciplinary pedagogical experience. While by no means a teaching guide or textbook, the authors’ experience of sharing the module with their students reinforced the fluidity and elusiveness of identity and its persistent facility to escape disciplinary classification. Identity as a subject for analysis and discussion, and as a lived reality for all of us, has never been more complex and multi-faceted. Each chapter of this singular collection provides a lens through which the concept of identity can be viewed and as the book progresses it moves from ideas based in disciplinary contexts – biology, psychiatry, philosophy, to those developed in multi and inter disciplinary contexts such as area studies, feminism and queer studies. 


Culture National identity Gendered identity Political identity Mental Health Philosophy Biological identity Narrative identity Personality identity Performative identity The self Feminsim LGBT Pedagogy Queer Studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Nicholas Monk
    • 1
  • Mia Lindgren
    • 2
  • Sarah McDonald
    • 3
  • Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou
    • 3
  1. 1.IATLUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  2. 2.Faculty of ArtsMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of ArtsMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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