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Identity in Modern Society. A Social Psychological Perspective

  • ID: 2247946
  • Book
  • November 2003
  • Region: Global
  • 244 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This book is an inquiry into identity in modern society. The inquiry starts from the social psychological premise that identity both results from interaction in the social world and in turn guides interaction in the social world. It builds on and incorporates insights from philosophy, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, cultural studies, anthropology and sociology.

The theoretical heart of the book is an integrative social psychological approach which revolves around the author s self–aspect model of identity (SAMI). The text reviews previous research guided by SAMI, but also further refines the model. In addition, it places particular emphasis on identity in the context of minority–majority relations, intercultural contact and conflict, and participation in collective action. The book concludes by identifying areas of identity worthy of future research.

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List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Foreword by John C. Turner.


1. Introduction.

Approaching Identity as a Scientific Concept.

Human Consciousness.

The Social Conditions of Human Existence.

A Brief Overview of Subsequent Chapters.


2. The Social Psychology of Identity: Sociological and Psychological Contributions.

Sociological Contributions.

Psychological Contributions.


3. Identity in Modern Society: An Integrative Approach.

Theoretical Background and Levels of Identity Analysis.

A Self–Aspect Model of Identity (SAMI).

Identity and (Post)Modernity.

Identity, Phenomenology and Accuracy.

Functions and Processes of Identity.


4. Antecedents of Individual and Collective Identity.

Person Variables.

Social Context Variables.

The Interplay of Individual and Collective Identities.


5. Identity in Minority–Majority Contexts.


Social Information Processing.


Intergroup Behaviour.


6. Identity in Intercultural Contact.

Models of Intergroup Contact.

Immigration, Identity and Social Integration.

Right–Wing Extremism and National Identity.

Cultural Differences and Racism: A Comment.


7. Identity, Mobilization and Participation.

Identity and Social Movement Participation.

Identity, Organizational Participation and Intragroup Co–operation.

Identity and Volunteerism.


8. Conclusions and Future Directions.

Identity and Action.

Identity and Power.


Author Index.

Subject Index

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Bernd Simon
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