What it socialization? What is interaction? What do we mean by identity? How can we explain the notion of self? What do we mean by intra-action? The Sociology of the Individual is an innovative and though-provoking sociological exploration of how the ideas of the individual and society relate. Expertly combining conceptual depth with clarity of style, Athanasia Chalari:  • explains the key sociological and psychological theories related to the investigation of the social and the personal  • analyses the ways that both sociology and psychology can contribute to a more complete understanding and theorising of everyday life  • uses a mix of international cases and everyday examples to encourage critical reflection. The Sociology of the Individual is an essential read for upper level undergraduates or postgraduates looking for a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of the connection between the social world and the inner life of the individual. Perfect for modules exploring the sociology of the self, self and society, and self and identity.



What I am as a self, my identity, is essentially defined by the way things have significance to me. And […] these things have significance for me, and the issue of my identity is worked out, only through a language of interpretation which I have come to accept as a valid articulation of these issues. (Taylor, 1990: 34)

Why is Identity Important?

This chapter will explore the meaning of identity. Identity is one of the core concepts in sociological and psychological literature and both sciences have contributed enormously to the understanding of this term. However, this concept – along with the concept of self, which will be discussed separately – is highly problematic. The reason is exactly the fact that this concept has been searched ...

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