Identity, Social-Psychological Aspects of

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The concept of “identity” is most relevant to the domains of “race”, ethnicity and
nation, given that these social categories can gain particular social and psychological traction when they are construed as forms of self-definition. This essay provides a brief overview of social psychological approaches to identity, focusing specifically upon the contribution of Identity Process Theory (IPT) to the social psychology of identity. It is argued that an integrative theory such as IPT is necessary for a holistic understanding of the antecedents and consequences of identity in relation to “race”, ethnicity and nationalism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2015


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