Placing identity within its cultural context, Fitzgerald offers ethnographic case material to examine the meaning and changing metaphors of ethnicity, male and female identity, and aging and identity. He opens up an exciting multidisciplinary dialogue for improving interpersonal and cross-cultural communication. The book provides a clear synthesis of the interrelated meanings of culture, identity, and communication, examining self-concept and its role in the communication process, and exploring cultural and biological research on self, individuality, personality, and mind-body questions.
Thomas K. Fitzgerald is Professor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He is co-author of Culture, Society and Guidance; and author of Education and Identity and Aspirations and Identity Among Second-Generation Cook Islanders in New Zealand.
"Metaphors of Identity was a pleasure to read. It integrates a vast amount of material within a creative but solid framework, and is truly a holistic work of art. The case studies are well chosen and provide sufficient descriptive data to substantiate the theoretical claims of the author. " — Carole E. Hill, Georgia State University