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Identity in Modern Society: A Social Psychological Perspective

ISBN: 978-0-631-22746-5
244 pages
January 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book is a social psychological inquiry into identity in modern society.

  • Starts from the social psychological premise that identity results from interaction in the social world.
  • Reviews and integrates the most influential strands of contemporary social psychology research on identity.
  • Brings together North American and European perspectives on social psychology.
  • Incorporates insights from philosophy, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, cultural studies, anthropology and sociology.
  • Places social identity research in a variety of real-life social contexts.
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List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Foreword.

Preface.

1. Introduction.

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

3. Identity in Modern Society: An Integrative Approach.

4. Antecedents of Individual and Collective Identity.

5. Identity in Minority-Majority Contexts.

6. Identity in Intercultural Contact.

7. Identity, Mobilization and Participation.

8. Conclusions and Future Directions.

References.

Author Index.

Subject Index
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Bernd Simon is Professor of Social Psychology and Evaluation Research and Chair and Director of the Institute of Psychology at Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany.
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  • An inquiry into identity in modern society.

  • Starts from the social psychological premise that identity results from interaction in the social world.

  • Reviews and integrates the most influential strands of contemporary social psychology research on identity.

  • Brings together North American and European perspectives on social psychology.

  • Incorporates insights from philosophy, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, cultural studies, anthropology and sociology.

  • Places social identity research in a variety of real-life social contexts.
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"Provocative and persuasive, Bernd Simon's Identity in Modern Society addresses critical issues in understanding the nature of identity, building bridges between the experience in individual, social, societal and cultural contexts. The result is a theoretically sophisticated analysis, one that will likely shape the agenda for generations of scholarly inquiry on the antecedents and consequences of identity." Mark Snyder, McKnight Presidential Chair in Psychology, University of Minnesota <!--end-->

"An essential and landmark text for students and researchers alike. Beautifully crafted, eloquently argued, refreshing and provocative in all the best ways, it is testament to rare and masterful scholarship. Each chapter — including Turner’s foreword — has something powerful and significant to say and makes the reader think. Every aspiring psychologist should read this book to appreciate the richness both of this topic and of social psychology as a whole." S. Alexander Haslam, Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology, University of Exeter

"In this engaging and thought provoking volume, Bernd Simon presents a multi-level, trans-disciplinary analysis of the importance of individual and collective identity, and their interrelationship, in a social world. Distinguished by its scope, depth and insight, this book draws on classic and contemporary research in social psychology and related disciplines to offer a new theoretical synthesis and to tackle issues of practical as well as conceptual importance." Jack Dovidio, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Colgate University

"There is a lot to like about this book. Perhaps most importantly it provides a thoughtful and wide ranging perspective on the concepts of self and identity. These ideas are then used as a framework within which to understand a series of important aspects of modern society, ranging from the problems of minority and majority groups in diverse societies to the roots of collective identity and collective action. This book will be of interest to a broad audience including both social psychologists and those concerned with a wide variety of current and emerging social issues. I recommend it to anyone seeking a comprehensive examination of psychological approaches to the study of identity." Tom Tyler, University Professor of Psychology, New York University

"Although written primarily within the academic social psychological community, this book is an accessible account of developments in the field as they reflect wider social concerns." Scientific and Medical Network Review, Spring 2004

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