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Identity Theory

Peter J. Burke and Jan E. Stets


The concept of identity has become widespread within the social and behavioral sciences in recent years, cutting across disciplines from psychiatry and psychology to political science and sociology. All individuals claim particular identities given their roles in society, groups they belong to, and characteristics that describe themselves. Introduced almost thirty years ago, identity theory is a social psychological theory that attempts to understand identities, their sources in interaction and society, their processes of operation, and their consequences for interaction and society from a soc ... More

Keywords: identities, roles, society, groups, characteristics, interaction, organizations, stability, change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195388275
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388275.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter J. Burke, author
University of California, Irvine

Jan E. Stets, author
University of California, Irvine