This volume is the first to bring together the fast-growing research on self-continuity from multiple perspectives within and beyond social psychology.
The book covers individual and collective aspects of self-continuity, while a final section explores the relationship between these two forms. Topics include environmental and cultural influences on self-continuity; the interplay of autobiographical memory and personal self-continuity; the psychological function of self-continuity; personal and collective self-continuity; and resistance to change. The volume is rounded off with commentaries on the central issues and themes that have been discussed.
The book provides a unique sourcebook for this important topic and will appeal not only to upper-level students and researchers in social psychology, but, in view of the multiple perspectives represented in the volume, it will also appeal to cognitive, developmental, and personality psychologists.
Table of Contents
F. Sani, Introduction. PART 1: CULTURAL AND SOCIETAL DIMENSIONS OF SELF-CONTINUITY. K. Nelson, Self in Time: Emergence Within a Community of Minds. R.W. Tafarodi, Toward a Cultural Phenomenology of Personal Identity. PART 2: SELF-CONTINUITY, AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMORY, AND IDENTITY. A. Bird & E. Reese, Autobiographical Memory in Childhood and the Development of a Continuous Self. S. Bluck & N. Alea, Remembering Being Me: The Self-continuity Function of Autobiographical Memory in Younger and Older Adults. D. Addis & L.J. Tippett, The Contributions of Autobiographical Memory to the Content and Continuity of Identity: A Social-cognitive Neuroscience Approach. PART 3: SELF-CONTINUITY MOTIVES AND MAINTENANCE STRATEGIES. M.J. Landau, J. Greenberg, S. Solomon, The Never-ending Story: A Terror Management Perspective on the Psychological Function of Self-continuity. C.T. Burris, J.K. Rempel, Spanning Time: An Amoebic-Self Perspective. PART 4: THE CONTINUITY OF GROUPS AND COLLECTIVE SELVES. D.L. Hamilton, J.M. Levin, J.A. Thurston, Perceiving Continuity and Change in Groups. R. Fivush, J.G. Bohanek, & M. Duke, The Intergenerational Self: Subjective Perspectives and Family History. S. Reicher, Making a Past Fit for the Future: The Political and Ontological Dimensions of Historical Continuity. F. Sani, M. Bowe, & M. Herrera, Perceived Collective Continuity: Seeing Groups as Temporally Enduring Entities. PART 5: COLLECTIVE SELF-CONTINUITY IN A TIME OF CHANGE. D. van Knippenberg, B. van Knippenberg, & A. Bobbio, Leaders as Agents of Continuity: Self-continuity and Resistance to Collective Change. A. Iyer, J. Jetten, & D. Tsivrikos, Torn Between Identities: Predictors of Adjustment to Identity Change. PART 6: THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE SELF-CONTINUITY. M. Nolan & N. Branscombe, Conceptions of the Human Self and Human Rights: Implications for the Psychological Continuity of Less Inclusive Selves. M.J. Chandler & T. Proulx, Personal Persistence and Persistent Peoples: Continuities in the Lives of Individual and Whole Cultural Communities. C. Sedikides, T. Wildschut, L. Gaertner, C. Routledge, & J. Arndt, Nostalgia as Enabler of Self-continuity. PART 7: COMMENTARIES. P. Rochat, "Know Thyself!", but What, How, and Why? R. Spears, Commenting on Continuity: A View from Social Psychology.