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ERIC Number: EJ890309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2725
Identities and Social Structure: The 2003 Cooley-Mead Award Address
Burke, Peter J.
Social Psychology Quarterly, v67 n1 p5-15 Mar 2004
The present paper examines existing links between identities and the social structure in the context of identity control theory. I point out that, whether social structure is conceived as positions (roles and group memberships) to which identities are tied, or as the human organization of resource flows and transfers that are controlled by the identity verification process, identities and social structure are two sides of the same coin. Building on this theme, I develop hypotheses that explore some of the implications of this identity-social structure link. Some hypotheses suggest contexts in which identity change is likely; others explore the various consequences of identity verification, which depend on the different ways in which identities are tied to the social structure. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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