Handbook of Identity Theory and Research

  • Seth J. Schwartz
  • Koen Luyckx
  • Vivian L. Vignoles

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Personal and Developmental Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Vivian L. Vignoles, Seth J. Schwartz, Koen Luyckx
      Pages 1-27
  3. Personal and Developmental Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Jane Kroger, James E. Marcia
      Pages 31-53
    3. Koen Luyckx, Seth J. Schwartz, Luc Goossens, Wim Beyers, Lies Missotten
      Pages 77-98
    4. Dan P. McAdams
      Pages 99-115
    5. Daphna Oyserman, Leah James
      Pages 117-145
  4. Social and Contextual Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Serena Chen, Helen Boucher, Michael W. Kraus
      Pages 149-175
    3. Michael Bamberg, Anna De Fina, Deborah Schiffrin
      Pages 177-199
    4. Richard T. Serpe, Sheldon Stryker
      Pages 225-248
    5. Peter B. Smith
      Pages 249-265
    6. Lene Arnett Jensen, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Jessica McKenzie
      Pages 285-301
  5. Well-Being, Needs, and Motives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Aiden P. Gregg, Constantine Sedikides, Jochen E. Gebauer
      Pages 305-327
    3. Whitney L. Heppner, Michael H. Kernis†
      Pages 329-355
    4. Vivian L. Vignoles
      Pages 403-432
  6. Moral and Spiritual Domains

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 493-493
    2. Sam A. Hardy, Gustavo Carlo
      Pages 495-513
    3. Steven Hitlin
      Pages 515-529
    4. Douglas A. MacDonald
      Pages 531-544
    5. Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Peter L. Benson, Peter C. Scales
      Pages 545-562
  7. Family, Gender, and Sexuality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 563-563
    2. Eugenia Scabini, Claudia Manzi
      Pages 565-584
    3. Harold D. Grotevant, Lynn Von Korff
      Pages 585-601
    4. Kay Bussey
      Pages 603-628
    5. Lisa M. Diamond, Seth T. Pardo, Molly R. Butterworth
      Pages 629-647
    6. Frank R. Dillon, Roger L. Worthington, Bonnie Moradi
      Pages 649-670
    7. Ritch C. Savin-Williams
      Pages 671-689
  8. Economic and Civic Participation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 691-691
    2. Vladimir B. Skorikov, Fred W. Vondracek
      Pages 693-714
    3. S. Alexander Haslam, Naomi Ellemers
      Pages 715-744
    4. Helga Dittmar
      Pages 745-769
    5. Daniel Hart, Cameron Richardson, Britt Wilkenfeld
      Pages 771-787
  9. Ethnic and Cultural Identities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 789-789
    2. Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor
      Pages 791-809
    3. Jennifer B. Unger
      Pages 811-825
    4. Que-Lam Huynh, Angela-MinhTu D. Nguyen, Verónica Benet-Martínez
      Pages 827-842
  10. National Identity, Cohesion, and Conflict

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 843-843
    2. Deborah J. Schildkraut
      Pages 845-865
    3. Alex Stepick, Carol Dutton Stepick, Patricia Vanderkooy
      Pages 867-893
    4. Laurent Licata, Margarita Sanchez-Mazas, Eva G.T. Green
      Pages 895-916
    5. David Moshman
      Pages 917-932
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 933-998

About this book


Identity is one of the most extensively studied constructs in the social sciences. Yet, despite the wealth of findings across many disciplines, identity researchers remain divided over such enduring fundamental questions as: What exactly is identity, and how do identity processes function? Do people have a single identity or multiple identities? Is identity individually or collectively oriented? Personally or socially constructed? Stable or constantly in flux? The Handbook of Identity Theory and Research offers the rare opportunity to address the questions and reconcile these seeming contradictions, bringing unity and clarity to a diverse and fragmented literature.

This exhaustive reference work emphasizes the depth and complexity of identity processes and domains and presents perspectives from many different theoretical schools and empirical approaches. Contributing authors provide perspectives from psychology (e.g., narrative, social identity theory, neo-Eriksonian) and from other disciplines (e.g., sociology, political science, ethnic studies); and the editors highlight the links between chapters that provide complementary insights on related subjects.

In addition to covering identity processes and categories that are well-known to the field, the Handbook tackles many emerging issues, including:

  • Identity development among adopted persons.
  • Identity processes in interpersonal relationships.
  • Effects of globalization on cultural identity.
  • Transgender experience and identity.
  • Consumer identity and shopping behavior.
  • Social identity processes in xenophobia and genocide.

The Handbook of Identity Theory and Research lends itself to a wealth of uses by scholars, clinicians, and graduate students across many disciplines, including social, developmental, and child/school psychology; human development and family studies; sociology; cultural anthropology; gender, ethnic, and communication studies; education; and counseling.


Consumer identity Cultural identity Ethnic identity Gender identity Globalization Group identities Group violence Identity construction Identity development Identity motives Identity status Immigration Moral identity Morality Narrative identity Nationalism Occupational identity Personal identity formation Positive psychology Positive youth development Prejudice Public health Race Relational self Resilience Self-assessment Self-assessment Self-enhancement Self-enhancement Sexuality Sexuality Social identity perspective Social identity perspective Spiritual identity Spiritual identity

Editors and affiliations

  • Seth J. Schwartz
    • 1
  • Koen Luyckx
    • 2
  • Vivian L. Vignoles
    • 3
  1. 1.Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public HeUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA
  2. 2., Department of PsychologyCatholic University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.School of PsychologyUniversity of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-7987-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-7988-9
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