Identity Theory

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The concept of identity has become widespread within the social and behavioral sciences in recent years, cutting across disciplines from psychiatry and psychology to political science and sociology. All individuals claim particular identities given their roles in society, groups they belong to, and characteristics that describe themselves. Introduced almost 30 years ago, identity theory is a social psychological theory that attempts to understand identities, their sources in interaction and society, their processes of operation, and their consequences for interaction and society from a sociological perspective. This book describes identity theory, its origins, the research that supports it, and its future direction. It covers the relation between identity theory and other related theories, as well as the nature and operation of identities. In addition, the book discusses the multiple identities individuals hold from their multiple positions in society and organizations as well as the multiple identities activated by many people interacting in groups and organizations. And, it covers the manner in which identities offer both stability and change to individuals. Written in an accessible style, Identity Theory makes, step by step, the full range of this powerful new theory understandable to readers at all levels.

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"Identity Theory encourages not only more systematic research, but also a continuing discussion among theorists and practitioners about the meaning and measure of identity theory." —Contemporary Sociology

"As a macrosociologist of culture and politics, I learned much from Identity Theory. The book is a must-read for scholars of all disciplines who want to work with the concept of identity." —Mabel Berezin, Associate Professor of Sociology, Cornell University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195388282
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/18/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 869,082
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter J. Burke and Jan E. Stets are both Professors of Sociology and Co-Directors of the Social Psychology Research Laboratory at the University of California, Riverside.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Part I
1. Economic Globalization and Domestic Politics within the Developed Democracies
2. Government Spending and Public Support for Trade in the OECD
Part II
3. Trade and Employment in Corporatist and Competitive Labor Markets
4. Globalization and Capital Taxation in Consensus and Majoritarian Democracies
Part III
5. Saving Embedded Liberalism in the Anglo-Democracies
6. Conclusion
1. Agency and Social Structure
2. The Roots of Identity Theory
3. The Development of Identity Theory
4. Identities and their Operation
5. Meaning, Resources, and Interaction
6. Bases of Identities: Role, Social Identities, and Person Identities
7. Multiple Identities
8. Emotion
9. Identity Change
10. Future Research
Appendix: Identity Measures

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