Identity Theory by Peter J. Burke

By Peter J. Burke

The concept that of identification has turn into frequent in the social and behavioral sciences lately, slicing throughout disciplines from psychiatry and psychology to political technology and sociology. All participants declare specific identities given their roles in society, teams they belong to, and features that describe themselves. brought nearly 30 years in the past, identification thought is a social mental idea that makes an attempt to appreciate identities, their resources in interplay and society, their techniques of operation, and their outcomes for interplay and society from a sociological viewpoint. This publication describes identification thought, its origins, the examine that helps it, and its destiny course. It covers the relation among id conception and different similar theories, in addition to the character and operation of identities. furthermore, the publication discusses the a number of identities participants carry from their a number of positions in society and corporations in addition to the a number of identities activated by means of many folks interacting in teams and enterprises. And, it covers the way within which identities supply either balance and alter to contributors. Written in an available sort, Identity Theory makes, step-by-step, the entire diversity of this robust new conception comprehensible to readers in any respect levels.

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This approach will be taken in this book. “Person” becomes the link between the various agencies that exist within the person. For example, Mary is a teacher and a mother. Mary may gain information in her role as a teacher that can be passed on to herself as a mother in order to help her children learn something. In this case, “teacher” is linked to “mother” by being in the same person. Teacher and mother are each agents that can act independently or jointly or can interact with each other. Sometimes the agent is a person in a generic relationship with other persons, for example, in an exchange relationship.

In it, we will review the relationship between identity theory and its closely related cousins. Symbolic Interactionism George Herbert Mead The term “symbolic interaction” was coined by Herbert Blumer (1962; 1969), in his exegesis of the thinking of Mead, to denote a perspective that focuses on the unique character of human interaction that centers on the shared use of symbols. Symbols, as we briefly discussed earlier and explain in more detail below, can be used to represent objects and events in the situation (including other symbols) even when the objects and events are not physically present.

We admit that an important reason behind writing this book at this time is to give scholars within sociology and across the social sciences a clear and organized statement on identity theory in sociological social psychology. To date, no such book exists. Over time, we became increasingly frustrated with this fact, so we decided it was time to provide one. Identity theory research has been scattered across numerous journals, book chapters, and conference papers, and we wanted to provide a place where scholars could obtain a clear and organized understanding of the theory.

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