Social Identity in Question: Construction, Subjectivity and Critique

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Social Identity in Question: Construction, Subjectivity and Critique

Format:  Hardcover,

144 pages

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Publish Date: Jul 2012

ISBN-13: 9781848720800

ISBN-10: 1848720807

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Social identity theory is one of the most influential approaches to identity, group processes, intergroup relations and social change. This book draws on Lacanian psychoanalysis and Lacanian social theorists to investigate and rework the predominant concepts in the social identity framework.

Social Identity in Question begins by reviewing the ways in which the social identity tradition has previously been critiqued by social psychologists who view human relations as conditioned by historical context, culture and language. The author offers an alternative perspective, based upon psychoanalytic notions of subjectivity. The chapters go on to develop these discussions, and they cover topics such as:

  • self-categorisation theory
  • group attachment and conformity
  • the minimal group paradigm
  • intergroup conflict, social change and resistance

Each chapter seeks to disrupt the image of the subject as rational and unitary, and to question whether human relations are predictable. It is a book which will be of great interest to lecturers, researchers, and students in critical psychology, social psychology, social sciences and cultural studies.

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Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publish Date: Jul 2012
ISBN-13: 9781848720800
ISBN-10: 1848720807
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 144
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
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Chapter outline

Introduction
The social identity tradition and its critics
The category, not the self
What ever happened to "hot" aspects of the group?
Another story of the minimal group paradigm
Social change or socio-symbolic symptom?
Gringo: a case study
Conclusions. References

Book description

Social identity theory is one of the most influential approaches to identity, group processes, intergroup relations, and social change. This book draws on Lacanian psychoanalysis and Lacanian social theorists to investigate and rework the predominant concepts in the social identity framework.

Social Identity in Questionbegins by reviewing the ways in which the social identity tradition has previously been critiqued by social psychologists who view human relations as conditioned by historical context, culture and language. The author offers an alternative perspective, based upon psychoanalytic notions of subjectivity. The chapters go on to develop these discussions, and cover topics such as:

  • self-categorisation theory
  • the minimal group paradigm
  • group attachment and conformity
  • intergroup conflict, social change and resistance

Each chapter seeks to disrupt the image of the subject as rational, unitary and whole, and to questions whether human relations are predictable. It is a book which will be of great interest to lecturers, researchers, and students in critical psychology, social psychology, cultural studies, sociology, and media studies.

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