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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 30 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
sociological perspective. This book describes identity theory, its origins, the
research that supports it, and its future direction. It covers the relation
between identity theory and other related theories, as well as the nature and
operation of identities. In addition, the book discusses the multiple
identities individuals hold from their multiple positions in society and
organizations as well as the multiple identities activated by many people
interacting in groups and organizations. And, it covers the manner in which
identities offer both stability and change to individuals. Written in an
accessible style, Identity Theory makes, step by step, the full range of this
powerful new theory understandable to readers at all levels.