A New History of Identity: A Sociology of Medical Knowledge is a book by David E. Armstrong, a professor of sociology and social theory. The book was published in 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan. The book explores the historical changes in the perceptions of illness, the body, and identity, based on the analysis of medical texts from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. The book argues that medical knowledge is not only a reflection of reality, but also a construction of reality, and that it shapes the way people understand themselves and their social world. The book covers topics such as the emergence of the biological body, the negotiation of death, the discovery of origins, the creation of a social identity, the invocation of subjectivity, the instillation of agency, the confession of death, the dimensionalization of identity, the construction of risk, the transformation of the hospital, the birth of primary care, and the future of the human. The book consists of 17 chapters, each focusing on a different aspect of the history of identity. The book is intended for students and scholars of sociology, cultural studies, and history of medicine. You can find more information about the book and its author on the following links: A New History of Identity | SpringerLink, A new history of identity : a sociology of medical knowledge – Archive.org, A new history of identity : a sociology of medical knowledge.