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Identity in modern society. A social psychological perspective

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Simon, B. (2004). Identity in modern society. A social psychological perspective. Oxford: Blackwell

The book is an inquiry into identity in modern society. The inquiry starts from the basic social psychological premise that identity results from interaction in the social world and in turn guides interaction in the social world. It builds on and incorporates insights from philosophy, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, cultural studies, anthropology and sociology.

The theoretical heart of the book is an integrative social psychological approach that revolves around the author's self-aspect model of identity (SAMI). The text reviews previous research guided by SAMI, but also further refines the model. In addition, it places emphasis on identity in the context of minority-majority relations, intercultural contact and conflict, and participation in collective action. The book concludes by identifying as yet unexplored areas of identity worthy of future research.