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The Development of Identity Theory

Advances in Group Processes

ISBN: 978-1-78441-078-0

ISSN: 0882-6145

Publication date: 1 January 2014


Originality/Value of Chapter

This is the most recent overview of identity theory over the past 25 years. It becomes clear to the reader that the theory offers a way of understanding the person as a cognitive, emotional, and behavioral agent who influences the structure of society but who is also influenced by the social structure.




We would like to thank members of the UCR Social Psychology Research Seminar for their comments on an earlier draft of this chapter.


Stets, J.E. and Burke, P.J. (2014), "The Development of Identity Theory", Advances in Group Processes (Advances in Group Processes, Vol. 31), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 57-97.



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