Theoretical perspectives on identity and transition

Wilson-Smith, K. M. and Corr, P. J. (2019) Theoretical perspectives on identity and transition. In: Wilson-Smith, K.M. and Corr, P..J. (eds.) Military Identity and the Transition into Civilian Life. Palgrave Pivot, pp. 1-17. ISBN 9783030123376 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-12338-3_1)

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In this introductory chapter, we explore some of the classic theoretical perspectives that help us understand identity. Specifically, the chapter explores two key theories: Identity Theory and Social Identity Theory. Identity Theory sees the self as a multifaceted social construct that develops from an individual’s various roles in society and stipulates that variations in self-concept are due to the individual occupying these different roles. We also explore Stryker’s concept of identity salience and identity commitment. In the second half of the chapter, we outline the role of self-enhancement strategies and self-categorisation, as described in Social Identity Theory.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wilson-Smith, Dr Kevin
Authors: Wilson-Smith, K. M., and Corr, P. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Publisher:Palgrave Pivot
Published Online:13 March 2019

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