The Ecology of the Self: Relocation and Self-Concept Change

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This 1991 book addresses the question of stability and change in our concepts of ourselves. The self is described as part of an ecological system, seen as a conjunction of other people, environments and objects. These serve as the sources and settings, instruments and symbols of social experience. The external elements of the ecological system are reflected in self-related cognitions: so long as the ecology of the self is stable, the self-concept will likewise achieve stability. Self-concept change, therefore, can be studied from the point of view of change in the relationship between person and environment. Using a multi-method, multi-study approach, Stefan Hormuth takes relocation as his paradigm for assessing the meaning of the physical environment for the self-concept and everyday social behaviour. This book presents results from an original and important research programme which is innovative both theoretically and methodologically.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521154963
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/2010
  • Series: European Monographs in Social Psychology Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

List of tables; Preface; 1. Restructuring the ecology of the self: a framework for self-concept change; 2. Method considerations for an ecological approach; 3. Relocation and changes in commitment: a cross-sectional study over the first year; 4. Implications of recent research in cognitive social psychology for self-concept change; 5. Social psychological theories on maintenance and change; 6. Sociological approached to the self-concept and change; 7. The development of self-concept-related measures; 8. Functions of the physical environment for the self-concept; 9. Anticipation of transition from university; 10. The experience sampling method; 11. A quasi-experimental study of relocation and satisfaction with self; 12. Relocation as transition and change in a physical and social context; 13. A longitudinal questionnaire study over one year; 14. A longitudinal study of students' transition to university; 15. Conclusion; References; Author index; Subject index.

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