1st Edition

Social Symptoms of Identity Needs
Why We Have Failed to Solve Our Social Problems and What to do About It

ISBN 9781855756540
Published December 31, 2009 by Routledge
314 Pages

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Book Description

Explains how our major social problems, including crime, violence, terrorism, war, substance abuse, and prejudice, are the result of efforts by their perpetrators to maintain a secure identity, or sense of self. It locates the root causes of these social problems and counterproductive responses in certain identity-damaging social and cultural phenomena that force identity to defend and maintain itself by socially harmful means.

Table of Contents

Preface -- Identity and the Causes of Social Problems -- Introduction -- The nature of identity and its role in social problems -- Social Problems as Symptoms of Identity Needs -- Delinquency, crime, and violence -- Terrorism and war -- The Role of Identity in the Failure to Solve Social Problems -- Phobic objects, subalterns, and enemies as resources for identity maintenance -- Identity-damaging social and cultural forces -- Social Change and Identity Development -- Promoting benign identity contents -- Decommissioning harmful defences -- Promoting identity integration -- Promoting more inclusive identity structures -- Conclusion -- Psychological symptoms as expressions of identity needs -- Multiple self-motives and self-esteem

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