Identity and Difference

Contemporary Debates on the Self

  • Rafael Winkler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Narrative Theory and Phenomenology

  3. Politics, Authenticity, and Agency

  4. Feminism

  5. Race and the Postcolonial

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. Sharli Paphitis, Lindsay-Ann Kelland
      Pages 235-257
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 283-286

About this book


This book provides a persuasive account of how identity and difference factor in the debate on the ‘self’ in the humanities. It explores this topic by applying the question to fields such as philosophy, cultural studies, politics and race studies. Key themes discussed in this collection include: authenticity in Michel de Montaigne’s essays, the limits of the narrative constitution of the self, the use and abuse of the notion of human nature in political theory and in the current political context of multiculturalism, and the feminist notion of the erotic and of sexual violence. This book will appeal to readers with an interest in new perspectives on the self within the humanities.


self agency subjectivity narrative theory phenomenology politics anthropology cultural studies race

Editors and affiliations

  • Rafael Winkler
    • 1
  1. 1. University of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

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