Identity, Politics and Everyday Life

Module 26284

School of Education

In this module, you will have the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the place of politics in everyday life and the complex connection between ‘identity’ and politics. The module examines the notion of ‘everyday life’ and why the ‘mundane’ of the day-to-day is worthy of study. Taking ‘minor’ politics as its focus, the module explores a range of accounts of the political and ‘civic’ aspects of daily life and interrogates their connections to and disconnections from party political and electoral ‘major’ politics. It will consider the significance of ‘identity’ ‘identification’ and ‘recognition’ for politics, interrogating a range of accounts of categories such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, and age as well as ‘intersectional’ accounts and ‘anti-identity’ positions. The module also considers the significance for everyday politics of location; alliances and networks; scale; and feelings.

The module provides grounding in interdisciplinary working across the conceptual, methodological and substantive contributions of sociology, politics, political philosophy, education, policy sociology and cultural geography. It also offers an introduction to a range of key social and political theorists including: Michel Foucault; Judith Butler; Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe; Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guatarri; Slavoj Zizek; Hannah Arendt; Richard Delgardo; Derrick Bell; Kimberle Crenshaw; Jean Stefancic; William Tate; Edward Said; bell hooks; Peter McLaren, Michael Apple; Paulo Freire; and Sara Ahmed.

Module Lead

Professor Deborah Youdell


20 credits


essay (40%); exam (60%)


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