By Seth J. Schwartz, Koen Luyckx, Vivian L. Vignoles

Identity is without doubt one of the so much greatly studied constructs within the social sciences. but, regardless of the wealth of findings throughout many disciplines, identification researchers stay divided over such enduring basic questions as: What precisely is identification, and the way do id approaches functionality? Do humans have a unmarried identification or a number of identities? Is identification separately or jointly orientated? in my opinion or socially developed? good or always in flux? The HandbookofIdentityTheoryandResearch deals the infrequent chance to handle the questions and reconcile those seeming contradictions, bringing team spirit and readability to a various and fragmented literature.

This exhaustive reference paintings emphasizes the intensity and complexity of identification tactics and domain names and offers views from many various theoretical faculties and empirical methods. Contributing authors offer views from psychology (e.g., narrative, social id idea, neo-Eriksonian) and from different disciplines (e.g., sociology, political technology, ethnic studies); and the editors spotlight the hyperlinks among chapters that offer complementary insights on comparable subjects.

In addition to overlaying id approaches and different types which are famous to the sector, the Handbook tackles many rising matters, including:

  • Identity improvement between followed persons.
  • Identity methods in interpersonal relationships.
  • Effects of globalization on cultural identity.
  • Transgender event and identity.
  • Consumer identification and procuring behavior.
  • Social id strategies in xenophobia and genocide.

The HandbookofIdentityTheoryandResearch lends itself to a wealth of makes use of by means of students, clinicians, and graduate scholars throughout many disciplines, together with social, developmental, and child/school psychology; human improvement and family members reviews; sociology; cultural anthropology; gender, ethnic, and verbal exchange experiences; schooling; and counseling.

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Furthermore, they suggest that immigrants’ struggle for recognition should be viewed as a multi-stage process, beginning in the sphere of legal and political rights, and then progressing to a quest for more informal recognition within the sphere of social relations. The final chapter in this section moves beyond a consideration of national identification and boundaries, to focus on the explanation of genocide and intergroup violence.

These domains all refer to ways in which the individual can contribute directly to societal functioning. Two chapters focus on identities within the occupational domain. The first of these examines identity at the level of the individual person choosing and pursuing a career, whereas the second addresses this domain by viewing the workplace as a context for group identity processes. In Chapter 29, Vladimir Skorikov and Fred Vondracek describe vocational identity in relationship to other neo-Eriksonian domains of identity, and they review research suggesting that educational and family experiences in childhood and early adolescence are strongly predictive of successful vocational identity development later on.

Serpe and Stryker view identity as a confluence of the various roles that a person plays, and they describe how particular features of social structure “commit” 16 people to certain role identities, which in turn lead to role-congruent behavior in social settings. They also review other theories of identity that have drawn on symbolic interactionist thinking, and they discuss the implications of these perspectives for the study of identity in family relationships, the workplace, and other contexts.

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