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Modes, Mechanisms, Types and Traps of Identity Change: Comparative and Explanatory Tools

  • Jennifer Todd
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict book series (PSCAC)

Abstract

This chapter develops a general typology of identity change. It distinguishes recategorization; shifting classificatory schemas; and reinterpretation. It argues that reinterpretation of meanings, norms, assumptions (with the correlated practical changes) is the most general form of identity change. It outlines empirical types of change—from reaffirmation to transformation—and shows the mechanisms by which each type of change affects its social impact. This introduces normative agency into social explanation, adding a micro-level cultural dimension to multi-levelled explanations of social change. The chapter shows how traps of identity change occur where social resources and cultural repertoires lead to identity-projects almost certain in the given context to fail, and to generate constituencies of the disappointed and disillusioned ready for mobilization.

Keywords

Recategorization Reclassification Reinterpretation Typology Multi-levelled processual explanation Public norms Cosmopolitanism Pluralism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Todd
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  1. 1.Geary InstituteUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

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