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Peter J. Burke and Jan E. Stets

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388275

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388275.001.0001

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The Roots of Identity Theory

The Roots of Identity Theory

(p.18) 2 The Roots of Identity Theory
Identity Theory

Peter J. Burke

Jan E. Stets

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the historical roots of identity theory in symbolic interactionist thought. It reviews both perceptual control theory and symbolic interactionism, specifically the works of George Herbert Mead. The chapter also studies other important ideas from earlier writers that have been included in identity theory.

Keywords:   historical roots, identity theory, symbolic interactionist thought, perceptual control theory, symbolic interactionism, George Herbert Mead

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