We cannot verify your location
Browse Book and Journal Content on Project MUSE
OR

Idea of Identification, The

Gary C. Woodward

Publication Year: 2003

Illustrated with interesting examples drawn from politics and art, The Idea of Identification draws on classical social and rhetorical theories to establish a systematic framework for understanding the varieties and forms of identification. Woodward references a variety of contexts in contemporary life to explore the rhetorical conditions that create powerful and captivating moments. By invoking the influential ideas of Kenneth Burke, George Herbert Mead, Joshua Meyrowitz and others, he shows how the rhetorical process of identification is separate from psychological theories of identity construction. Woodward concludes with an argument that film theory has perhaps offered the most vivid descriptive categories for understanding the bonds of identification.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page and Copyright Page

pdf iconDownload PDF (104.4 KB)
pp. i-v

CONTENTS

pdf iconDownload PDF (36.9 KB)
pp. vii-

read more

PREFACE

pdf iconDownload PDF (62.9 KB)
pp. ix-xii

As the umbrella term for the sensation of shared experience, “identification” encompasses a physiology, a psychology, and a strong social dimension. The intellectual history of the term is perhaps most closely associated with Sigmund Freud. But the generative ideas for this book follow a different thread that originates most...

read more

Chapter 1: Origins of an Idea

pdf iconDownload PDF (98.6 KB)
pp. 1-19

Identification can be given any one of many characterizations: common ground, inhabiting, projecting, becoming, associating, connecting, and so on. In cinematic terms, identification seems to create a momentary freeze frame: a temporary pause in a world unfolding at twenty-four frames a second. In that short space the...

read more

Chapter 2: Conceptualizing Identification: Extensions of a Burkean View

pdf iconDownload PDF (107.8 KB)
pp. 21-43

From a communications perspective, arguably the most important theorist of identification was Kenneth Burke, whose influence on rhetorical and cultural criticism has been enormous. Burke’s lifelong speculations on the mediating nature of language was influenced by the intellectual firmament of his time. Writing his...

read more

Chapter 3: Identification, Celebrity, and the Hollywood Film

pdf iconDownload PDF (114.7 KB)
pp. 45-69

Virtually every form of narrative offers the potential to be a mirror of the self. In a process that sometimes defies simple explanations, we establish emotional connections with characters and circumstances that seem to mimic our own. The rewards of narrative include the chance to recognize the familiar in a new setting, and the...

read more

Chapter 4: Serenades to the Resistant: Successful Uses of Identification

pdf iconDownload PDF (112.0 KB)
pp. 71-95

The very core of our sociality resides not just in our consciousness of others, but in our capacity to partly inhabit the “place” of someone else. For example, we accept the fact that novelists and dramatists can construct plausible characters very different from themselves. The iconic figures of Harry Potter, Hercule Poirot, Tracy...

read more

Chapter 5: Misidentification and its Sources

pdf iconDownload PDF (107.2 KB)
pp. 97-119

In his furtive run for the White House in 1992, Texas industrialist Ross Perot created the rhetorical equivalent of a train wreck in what should have been a routine address at the national convention of the NAACP. Politicians seeking the presidency know that the venerable civil rights organization is an essential stop. It offers...

read more

Chapter 6: Identification and Commitment in Civic Culture

pdf iconDownload PDF (141.6 KB)
pp. 121-145

To many observers beyond its borders, the idea of Canada must sometimes seem like an implausibility. As a former Prime Minister once observed, the sprawling nation has too much geography and not enough history.1 And therein lies its dilemma. A relatively small population of thirty-one million people live in a necklace...

NOTES

pdf iconDownload PDF (112.3 KB)
pp. 147-169

INDEX

pdf iconDownload PDF (67.9 KB)
pp. 171-176


E-ISBN-13: 9780791486474
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791458198
Print-ISBN-10: 0791458199

Page Count: 176
Illustrations: 1 b/w photograph
Publication Year: 2003

Series Title: SUNY series in Communication Studies
Series Editor Byline: Dudley D. Cahn

Research Areas

Recommend

UPCC logo

Subject Headings

  • Self -- Social aspects.
  • Identification.
  • Identity (Philosophical concept).
  • Social interaction.
  • You have access to this content
  • Free sample
  • Open Access
  • Restricted Access