Advances in Identity Theory and Research / Edition 1

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The concept of identity has become ubiquitous with the social and behavioural sciences in recent years, cutting across disciplines from psychoanalysis and psychology to political science and sociology. Identity theory, initially outlined by Sheldon Stryker, proposes a concept of identity based on the symbolic interaction of the social, role and personal identity. By seeing all of these identities theoretically isomorphic, but having different bases and sources, a unification of the different uses of identity might be better achieved. The contributions to Advances in Identity Theory and Research all begin with this view of identities and seek to extend and apply our understanding of that concept. The volume is presented in four sections based on recent research in the field: the sources of identity, the tie between identity and the social structure, the non-cognitive outcomes, such as emotional, of identity processes, the idea that individuals have multiple identities. By recognizing the multiple bases of identity that are found in group, role and person and by taking into account variation in levels of commitment and salience of these identities as people are tied into the social structure differently, the complexity of society is reflected in the complexity of the self. This timely work will be of interest to social psychologists in sociology and psychology, behavioral scientists, and political scientists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306478512
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 7/31/2003
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 0.53 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Me and the Not-Me: Positive and Negative Poles of Identity 11
Ch. 2 Roots of Identity: Family Resemblances 27
Ch. 3 Identities and Behavior 41
Ch. 4 The Political Self: Identity Resources for Radical Democracy 57
Ch. 5 Identity and Inequality: Exploring Links between Self and Stratification Processes 71
Ch. 6 The Role of Self-Evaluation in Identity Salience and Commitment 85
Ch. 7 Justice, Emotion, and Identity Theory 105
Ch. 8 Feeling Good, Feeling Well: Identity, Emotion, and Health 123
Ch. 9 Interaction, Emotion, and Collective Identities 135
Ch. 10 Using Identity Discrepancy Theory to Predict Psychological Distress 151
Ch. 11 The Self, Multiple Identities and the Production of Mixed Emotions 167
Ch. 12 Personal Agency in the Accumulation of Multiple Role-Identities 179
Ch. 13 Relationships among Multiple Identities 195
Final Commentary: A Peek Ahead 217
Index 225
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