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Political Identity

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

Political identity as a concept frames understanding of political affiliation within a spectrum of ideological categories (Democrats, Republicans, Leftists, Centrists, Pluralists, etc.) or movements (women's movement, civil rights movements, worker's rights movement, etc.). Although preliminary formulations as the modern concept appeared in theoretical work of the 19th and 20th centuries, the term became central to Western scholarship and activism in the tumultuous social-political-cultural transformation of the 1960s and 1970s. This entry offers a comprehensive understanding of the ...

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