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Communication Theory of Identity

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

The communication theory of identity (CTI) brings, as the name implies, a communication perspective to understanding identity. The theory widens the lens on identity—changing the focus by viewing it as layered (i.e., multiple levels), dynamic (i.e., the interaction among layers of identity), and enacted in communication. This layered view of identity reflects the tension between internalized and externalized identity as manifested in communication as well as the management of multiple and shifting identities. An important tenet that differentiates CTI from ...

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