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ERIC Number: EJ889891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2725
The Strength of Weak Identities: Social Structural Sources of Self, Situation and Emotional Experience
Smith-Lovin, Lynn
Social Psychology Quarterly, v70 n2 p106-124 Jun 2007
Modern societies are highly differentiated, with relatively uncorrelated socially salient dimensions and a preponderance of weak, unidimensional (as opposed to strong, multiplex) ties. What are the implications of a society with fewer strong ties and more weak ties for the self? What do these changes mean for our emotional experience in everyday life? I outline a structural view of self, situated identity, and emotion. It is an ecological theory in which interpersonal encounters are the link between the macro-level community structure and the micro-level experience of self-conception, identity performance, and emotion. In this ecology of encounters, multiple-identity enactments (especially of salient self-identities) are quite rare. But where they occur, they are important indicators of potential social change. (Contains 1 table and 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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