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Social Constructionist Approach to Personal Identity

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

A social constructionist perspective conceives that personal identity is established within the perception of self as derived from thoughtful reflection on communicative interactions between oneself and others from the societal environment. With a pragmatic approach and drawing from the work of George Herbert Mead, among others, social constructionists assume that significant communication is coordinated meaning among individuals where each can take the perspective of the other regarding his or her own gestures and symbols. Where this ...

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