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: Aug-2005
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 within each collective identity category. On this basis, it proposes a typology of 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-1998 Northern Ireland.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Springer
Copyright (published version): Springer Netherlands 2005
Keywords: Northern IrelandIdentity changeIdentityInstitutional change
Subject LCSH: Social change--Northern Ireland
Group identity--Northern Ireland
DOI: 10.1007/s11186-005-7963-z
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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