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

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

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-7988-9
  • 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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