Interested in issues of identity though need a place to start? Can’t distinguish between Goffman and Giddens or Foucault and Freud? Wonder how Judith Butler, queer theory, Marcuse, Baumann, and symbolic interactionism fit into this mix? Well, without focusing on any one theory as the be all and end all, this is as helpful a place to start as any. Elliott’s style is friendly and instructive, without being condescending or overly-complex.
I recommend this for those who want a swift overview, perhaps even before adding one’s own voice to the literature.