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The Generativity of Collective Identity: Identity Movements as Mechanisms for New Institutions

Microfoundations of Institutions

ISBN: 978-1-78769-124-7, eISBN: 978-1-78769-123-0

ISSN: 0733-558X

Publication date: 25 November 2019

Abstract

The authors theorize the role that identity, and especially collective identity, plays in the creation of new institutions. The authors begin by reviewing the literature on social movements, focusing on identity movements; from this, the authors extract and explore the role of identity in collective action and institutional formation. The authors propose that identity and lifestyle movements create institutions that furnish the necessary cultural tools to support and enact a given identity. As an example of this process, the authors examine Martha Stewart’s cultivation of a lifestyle-driven brand. The authors discuss the implications of their work on social movement theory and institutional theory.

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Glynn, M.A. and Innis, B.D. (2019), "The Generativity of Collective Identity: Identity Movements as Mechanisms for New Institutions", Haack, P., Sieweke, J. and Wessel, L. (Ed.) Microfoundations of Institutions (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 65A), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 119-134. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0733-558X2019000065A014

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