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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 Development of Identity Theory

The Development of Identity Theory

(p.33) 3 The Development of Identity Theory
Identity Theory

Peter J. Burke

Jan E. Stets

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes identity theory in its more general formulation as it is viewed in the work of several modern researchers. It begins by identifying the symbolic interaction roots of identity theory, and shows the differences between structural symbolic interaction and traditional symbolic interaction. Next, it reviews all of the theorists who helped develop identity theory and emphasize the social structural version of symbolic interaction. The chapter also presents two theories that have a lot in common with identity theory.

Keywords:   identity theory, modern research, structural symbolic interaction, traditional symbolic interaction, social structural version, affect control theory, self-verification theory

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