Social identity theory is one of the most influential approaches to identity, group processes, intergroup relations and social change. This book draws on Lacanian psychoanalysis and Lacanian social theorists to investigate and rework the predominant concepts in the social identity framework.
Social Identity in Question begins by reviewing the ways in which the social identity tradition has previously been critiqued by social psychologists who view human relations as conditioned by historical context, culture and language. The author offers an alternative perspective, based upon psychoanalytic notions of subjectivity. The chapters go on to develop these discussions, and they cover topics such as:
- self-categorisation theory
- group attachment and conformity
- the minimal group paradigm
- intergroup conflict, social change and resistance
Each chapter seeks to disrupt the image of the subject as rational and unitary, and to question whether human relations are predictable. It is a book which will be of great interest to lecturers, researchers, and students in critical psychology, social psychology, social sciences and cultural studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. 2. The social identity tradition and its critics. 3. The category, not the self. 4. What ever happened to ‘”hot” aspects of the group’? 5. Another story of the minimal group paradigm. 6. Social change or socio-symbolic symptom? 7. Gringo: a case study. 8. Conclusions. References.
Parisa Dashtipour currently teaches in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University.