Social transformation, collective categories and identity change

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Title: Social transformation, collective categories and identity change
Authors: Todd, Jennifer
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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 changeSocial transformationCollective categoriesNational identityBourdieuHabitusNorthern IrelandGood Friday Agreement
Subject LCSH: Group identity
Social change
Northern Ireland--Social conditions
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers

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