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Self and Identity
The Basics

  • Available for pre-order on May 22, 2023. Item will ship after June 12, 2023
ISBN 9780367223656
June 12, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

Self and Identity: The Basics is a jargon-free and accessible introduction that draws on key theories and ideas in Social Psychology to explore the ways that other people affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Highlighting selfhood as a function of identity, the book shows that it is our relationships with others in our social world that largely determine who we are.   

"Who am I?" It’s a question that most all humans have grappled with at some point or another, and this book seeks to help answer this through relatable examples, to show how theory can be applied to our own lives. It considers the philosophical and psychological context in which ideas about selfhood have developed, and reviews the ways that people around us, and the groups that we belong to, affect who we are. Finally, these ideas are considered in the context of real-world phenomena and behaviours, for instance how we use language, conflict between groups, and social influence. 

With a glossary of key terms, suggestions for further reading, and chapter summaries, this book is an ideal introduction for students of social psychology and related fields, and will be of interest to anyone who wants to gain social psychological insight into who they are, and how others got them there. 

Table of Contents

1. Defining the Self  2. The Self as a Social Relationship 3. The Self as a Social Identity  4. The Self as a Group Member 5. The Self as Part of Intergroup Relations 6. The Self as a Communicator 7. The Self and Society

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Dr Megan Birney is a Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology at Staffordshire University in the UK. She is a social psychologist interested in identity processes, intergroup relations, communication, social stigma, obedience, and social exclusion.