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Identity Scripts

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Identity scripts are social expectations regarding how members of a particular group behave and communicate as a part of their social identity. Kwame Anthony Appiah, the chief theorist of what he calls the “social scriptorium,” understands such social identities (also called group or collective identities) as being a woman, homosexual, Black, Latina/o, or poor to be labels associated with stereotypes and, more important, with “scripts” governing those who share the social identity. The stereotypes motivate many others, ...

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