The Individual in a Multicultural Context

  • Elke Murdock
Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)


The focus of this chapter is on the individual within a multicultural context. As Chen (2013) noted, opening up is one reaction to globalization, ethnic protectionism being another. Within this chapter, some aspects pertinent to individuals living within an increasingly multicultural context will be highlighted. Firstly, the persistence of primordial sentiments will be explored, turning to evolutionary psychology in search for some explanations. Core human motives will then be examined further with a special emphasis on the need to belong and the need for self-enhancement. Human beings need to negotiate stability and change—core elements of identity development. Selected identity theories will be reviewed, including the structure of the self and the link between the self and the cultural context. In the final part of this chapter an empirical study will be presented which explores the salience of national identity as a function of the multicultural context.


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