This book brings together an international selection of prominent researchers at the forefront of this development. They reflect on the issue of individuality in the group and on how thinking about social identity has changed. Together, these chapters chart a key development in the field: how social identity perspectives inform understanding of cohesion, unity and collective action, but also how they help us understand individuality, agency, autonomy, disagreement, and diversity within groups.

The Dynamics of Personal and Social Identity Formation

The dynamics of personal and social identity formation
TomPostmes, GamzeBaray, S. AlexanderHaslam, Thomas A.Morton, and Roderick I.Swaab

Each one of us has two heritages, a “vertical” one that comes to us from our ancestors, our religious community and our popular traditions, and a “horizontal” one transmitted to us by our contemporaries and by the age we live in. It seems to me that the latter is the more influential of the two, and that it becomes more so every day. Yet this fact is not reflected in our perception of ourselves, and the inheritance we invoke most frequently is the vertical one. (Maalouf, 2000, p. 102)

To many in the West, Islamic religious fundamentalism appears regressive, conservative and destructive. How ...

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