Social theories of identity: chosen conceptions review. Cover Image

Społeczne teorie tożsamości: przegląd wybranych koncepcji.
Social theories of identity: chosen conceptions review.

Author(s): Kateryna Novikova
Subject(s): Social psychology and group interaction, Developmental Psychology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Wyższej Szkoły Gospodarki Euroregionalnej im. Alcide De Gasperi w Józefowie
Keywords: Identity; difference; self; interaction; symbols; biography;

Summary/Abstract: Identity represents exceptionally useful analytic category to use in social research on individuals and social communities. To exploit effectively the idea of identity in social research, one ought to re-evaluate its status in some classical and contemporary social theories. For this sake several conceptions appear in the paper. Among them there are identity conceptions by German sociologist Georg Simmel as well as American psychologist Erik Erikson. There are also conceptions by American sociologists who practised the interactionist and dramaturgical approaches: George Herbert Mead and Erving Hoffman. The conceptions are described considering the terms self and interaction, the web of group affiliations, symbols and signs in social interaction, identity as synthesis of life experiences as well as self-reflection and taking of the Other’s perspective. There are also several reasons for using the aforementioned conceptions in contemporary social research presented in the paper.

  • Issue Year: 17/2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 379-395
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish