Advances in Identity Theory and Research

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Peter J. Burke
Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 31, 2003 - Psychology - 235 pages
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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.

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The Me and the NotMe Positive and Negative Poles of Identity
Roots of Identity Family Resemblances
Identities and Behavior
The Political Self Identity Resources for Radical Democracy
Identities and Inequalities Exploring Links Between Self and Stratification Processes
The Role of SelfEsteem in Family Identity Salience and Commitment among Blacks Latinos and Whites
Justice Emotion and Identity Theory
Feeling Good Feeling Well Identity Emotion and Health
Interaction Emotion and Collective Identities
Using Identity Discrepancy Theory to Predict Psychological Distress
Self Identity and Interaction in an Ecology of Identities
Personal Agency in the Accumulation of Multiple RoleIdentities
Relationships among Multiple Identities
A Peek Backand Then Ahead

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Peter J. Burke is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the 2003 winner of the Cooley-Mead Award from the American Sociological Association for lifetime contributions to social psychology.

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