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Modelling identity types through agency: part 1 defragmenting identity theory

Maurice Yolles (Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)
Davide Di Fatta (SEAS Department, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 5 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

There is fragmentation in the academic study of identity theory, and it is dislocated from personality theory. The paper aims to develop a model that resolves both of these issues using autonomous agency theory. It is shown that identities can be evaluated using mindset agency theory. Application is then made to a case study of Donald Trump’s US election campaign.

Design/methodology/approach

In the first of this three-part paper, the fragmented identity theory is examined ontologically to generate a coherent model of multiple identities.

Findings

A new coherent model of multiple identities is created.

Originality/value

There is not currently any that has created coherent theory of multiple identities.

Keywords

Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank Herbert Blumberg for his comments on a draft version of this paper.

Citation

Yolles, M. and Di Fatta, D. (2017), "Modelling identity types through agency: part 1 defragmenting identity theory", Kybernetes, Vol. 46 No. 06, pp. 1068-1084. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-03-2017-0113

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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