Identity Theory

Paperback | December 18, 2009

byPeter J. Burke, Jan E. Stets

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All people derive particular identities from their roles in society, the groups they belong to, and their personal characteristics. Introduced almost thirty years ago, identity theory is a social psychological theory in the field of sociology that attempts to understand identities, theirsources in interaction and society, their processes of operation, and their consequences for interaction and society. The theory brings together in a single framework the central roles of both meaning and resources in human interaction and purpose. 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 that individuals hold from their multiple positions in societyand organization 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. Co-authored by the originators of the theory, this book accessibly presents decades ofresearch in a single volume, making the full range of this powerful new theory understandable to readers at all levels.

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All people derive particular identities from their roles in society, the groups they belong to, and their personal characteristics. Introduced almost thirty years ago, identity theory is a social psychological theory in the field of sociology that attempts to understand identities, theirsources in interaction and society, their process...

The authors are both Professors of Sociology and Co-Directors of the Social Psychology Research Laboratory at the University of California, Irvine. Burke is the author of three books, including Contemporary Social Psychological Theories (Stanford, 2006) and was awarded the Cooley-Mead Distinguised Career Award from the Social Psychol...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:December 18, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195388283

ISBN - 13:9780195388282

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ForewordPreface1. Agency and Social Structure2. The Roots of Identity Theory3. The Development of Identity Theory4. Identities and their Operation5. Meaning, Resources, and Interaction6. Bases of Identities: Role, Social Identities, and Person Identities7. Multiple Identities8. Emotion9. Identity Change10. Future ResearchAppendix: Identity MeasuresReferencesNotes