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Introduction

  • Felicia Pratto
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Abstract

Identity hinges not on one’s unique self, nor on one’s relations to others, but on who the others are. In small, isolated communities, the others are relatives and other villagers. Through historical processes like religious conversion and the invention of nationalism, social categories spread across in-person communities, so one can share an identity with people one will never know personally. Moreover, one can have many kinds of overlapping identities (e.g., work, nationality, gender). In unstable times, such as war, identities change and may not be transferred from parents to children. In this volume, the authors examine the interplay between identities among both majority and minority young adults in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and Macedonia.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Felicia Pratto
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  1. 1.Department of Psychological SciencesUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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