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Deaux, Kay; Burke, Peter – Social Psychology Quarterly, 2010
Sociology and psychology are no strangers in the theoretical world of self and identity. Early works by William James (1890), a psychologist, and George Herbert Mead (1934), a sociologist, are often taken as a starting point by investigators in both fields. In more recent years, with the development of a number of identity theories in both fields,…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Identification (Psychology), Sociology, Theories
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Granberg, Ellen M. – Social Psychology Quarterly, 2011
In this article, I employ a structural symbolic interaction framework to examine the processes by which persons can exit a stigmatized identity. Using the empirical example of weight loss, I analyze how individuals evolve from an identity as "fat" and stigmatized to one that is "normal" with respect to weight and free from identification with…
Descriptors: Body Weight, Identification (Psychology), Interaction, Social Bias
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Burke, Peter J. – Social Psychology Quarterly, 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…
Descriptors: Social Structure, Self Concept, Role, Group Membership
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Killian, Caitlin; Johnson, Cathryn – Social Psychology Quarterly, 2006
In this paper we examine the identity negotiation processes of North African immigrant women in France. Participants engaged in various forms of identity work, including selective association and management of appearance, as well as resisting others' attempts to categorize them as immigrants. Given that these women have chosen to move to France…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Muslims, Females
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Andersson, Matthew A. – Social Psychology Quarterly, 2012
Using the 2004 General Social Survey (N = 453), the identity stress process is investigated in terms of crises in intimate relationships and at the workplace. I discuss dispositional optimism as a psychological resource that is relatively independent of the situation and the self, making it ideal for structurally disadvantaged actors and for…
Descriptors: Intimacy, Problems, Work Environment, Positive Attitudes
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Granberg, Ellen – Social Psychology Quarterly, 2006
Possible selves typically are conceptualized as resources that facilitate identity development and that motivate and sustain self-change. The concept of possible selves, however, generally has not been extended to examining the aftermath of personal transformation. In this article I explore the self and social processes that operate during efforts…
Descriptors: Body Weight, Body Composition, Change, Personal Narratives
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Burke, Peter J. – Social Psychology Quarterly, 1980
Six theoretical properties of the self as seen from an interactionist perspective are discussed in terms of their measurement implications. Suggestions are made about how such properties might be taken into account in deriving quantitative measures of certain characteristics of role/identities. (Author/MH)
Descriptors: Identification (Psychology), Measurement Techniques, Personality Theories, Role Theory