Social transformation, collective categories and identity change
|Title:||Social transformation, collective categories and identity change||Authors:||Todd, Jennifer||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1829||Date:||2004||Abstract:||Changes in collective categories of identity are at the core of social transformation. The causal linkages between identity change, institutional change and change in modes of practice are, however, complex. Developing and adapting ideas from Pierre Bourdieu’s work, this article shows the coexistence in tension of a plurality of elements – in particular oppositional and non-oppositional elements - within each collective identity category. On this basis, it proposes a typology of logically possible responses at the level of identity to socio-political change. This allows an explanation of patterns of identity change in terms of wider social processes and resource distribution, while remaining open to the sense and complexity of the individual's experience, and the moments of intentionality which arise when individuals face choices as to the direction of change. The worth of the model is shown by analysis of modes of identity change in a society presently experiencing radical change in socio-political structures - post-Good-Friday Agreement Northern Ireland.||Funding Details:||European Union programme for peace and reconciliation||Type of material:||Working Paper||Publisher:||University College Dublin. Institute for the Study of Social Change||Keywords:||Identity change; Social transformation; Collective categories; National identity; Bourdieu; Habitus; Northern Ireland; Good Friday Agreement||Subject LCSH:||Group identity
Northern Ireland--Social conditions
|Language:||en||Status of Item:||Not peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Geary Institute Working Papers|
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