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Identities in Everyday Life

Jan E. Stets and Richard T. Serpe


Identities are a part of the very fabric of life. Identities in Everyday Life focuses on how identity theory in social psychology can help us understand a wide array of issues across six areas of life, including psychological well-being; authenticity; morality; gender, race, and sexuality; group membership; and early to later adult identities. The research in this volume is from the second biannual conference on identity theory that brought together over 45 scholars who presented original theoretical or empirical work that demonstrates how identity theory provides a framework to explain everyd ... More

Keywords: authenticity, gender, groups, identity theory, identity verification, life course, morality, race, self-esteem, sexuality

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190873066
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190873066.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan E. Stets, editor
University of California, Riverside

Richard T. Serpe, editor
Department of Sociology, Kent State University

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Part I Introduction

1 Identities in Everyday Life

Jan E. Stets and Richard T. Serpe

Part II Well-Being

2 Identity Accumulation, Verification, and Well-Being

Peter J. Burke and Christine Cerven

4 Multiple Identities and Self-Esteem

Richard T. Serpe, Fritz Long-Yarrison, Jan E. Stets, and Sheldon Stryker

Part III Authenticity

Part IV Morality

8 The Moral Identity and Immoral Behavior

Jan E. Stets and Kevin McCaffree

9 Intersectional Identities and Stigma Recovery

Maria C. Ramos, Lynn Smith-Lovin, and Bethany Young

Part V Gender, Racial, and Sexuality Issues

10 Gender Identity Among U.S. Adults

K. Jill Kiecolt, Michael Hughes, and Hans Momplaisir

11 Racial Identity and Racial Attitudes Among White Americans

Matthew O. Hunt and Ashley V. Reichelmann

Part VI Identities and Groups

14 Controlled, Verified, and Understood

Olga A. Novoselova, Freda B. Lynn, and Graham N. S. Miller

15 Identity Formation in Street Demonstrations

Bert Klandermans and Jacquelien van Stekelenburg

Part VII Identities Over the Life Course

17 The Role of Significant Others in Shaping Fathers’ Identities and Behavior

Jessica L. Collett, Kelcie Vercel, and Kayla D. R. Pierce

18 Identity and the Self in Elderly Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease

Linda Francis, Richard E. Adams, Alexandra König, and Jesse Hoey

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