Self Continuity: Individual and Collective Perspectives

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This volume is the first to bring together the fast-growing research on self-continuity from multiple perspectives within and beyond social psychology.

The book covers individual and collective aspects of self-continuity, while a final section explores the relationship between these two forms. Topics include environmental and cultural influences on self-continuity; the interplay of autobiographical memory and personal self-continuity; the psychological function of self-continuity; personal and collective self-continuity; and resistance to change. The volume is rounded off with commentaries on the central issues and themes that have been discussed.

The book provides a unique sourcebook for this important topic and will appeal not only to upper-level students and researchers in social psychology, but, in view of the multiple perspectives represented in the volume, it will also appeal to cognitive, developmental, and personality psychologists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805857016
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 289
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

F. Sani, Introduction. PART 1: CULTURAL AND SOCIETAL DIMENSIONS OF SELF-CONTINUITY. K. Nelson, Self in Time: Emergence Within a Community of Minds. R.W. Tafarodi, Toward a Cultural Phenomenology of Personal Identity. PART 2: SELF-CONTINUITY, AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMORY, AND IDENTITY. A. Bird & E. Reese, Autobiographical Memory in Childhood and the Development of a Continuous Self. S. Bluck & N. Alea, Remembering Being Me: The Self-continuity Function of Autobiographical Memory in Younger and Older Adults. D. Addis & L.J. Tippett, The Contributions of Autobiographical Memory to the Content and Continuity of Identity: A Social-cognitive Neuroscience Approach. PART 3: SELF-CONTINUITY MOTIVES AND MAINTENANCE STRATEGIES. M.J. Landau, J. Greenberg, S. Solomon, The Never-ending Story: A Terror Management Perspective on the Psychological Function of Self-continuity. C.T. Burris, J.K. Rempel, Spanning Time: An Amoebic-Self Perspective. PART 4: THE CONTINUITY OF GROUPS AND COLLECTIVE SELVES. D.L. Hamilton, J.M. Levin, J.A. Thurston, Perceiving Continuity and Change in Groups. R. Fivush, J.G. Bohanek, & M. Duke, The Intergenerational Self: Subjective Perspectives and Family History. S. Reicher, Making a Past Fit for the Future: The Political and Ontological Dimensions of Historical Continuity. F. Sani, M. Bowe, & M. Herrera, Perceived Collective Continuity: Seeing Groups as Temporally Enduring Entities. PART 5: COLLECTIVE SELF-CONTINUITY IN A TIME OF CHANGE. D. van Knippenberg, B. van Knippenberg, & A. Bobbio, Leaders as Agents of Continuity: Self-continuity and Resistance to Collective Change. A. Iyer, J. Jetten, & D. Tsivrikos, Torn Between Identities: Predictors of Adjustment to Identity Change. PART 6: THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE SELF-CONTINUITY. M. Nolan & N. Branscombe, Conceptions of the Human Self and Human Rights: Implications for the Psychological Continuity of Less Inclusive Selves. M.J. Chandler & T. Proulx, Personal Persistence and Persistent Peoples: Continuities in the Lives of Individual and Whole Cultural Communities. C. Sedikides, T. Wildschut, L. Gaertner, C. Routledge, & J. Arndt, Nostalgia as Enabler of Self-continuity. PART 7: COMMENTARIES. P. Rochat, "Know Thyself!", but What, How, and Why? R. Spears, Commenting on Continuity: A View from Social Psychology.

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