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Peter J. Burke and Jan E. Stets

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388275

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388275.001.0001

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Agency and Social Structure

Agency and Social Structure

Chapter:
(p.3) 1 Agency and Social Structure
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Identity Theory
Author(s):

Peter J. Burke

Jan E. Stets

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388275.003.0011

This chapter introduces the concepts of identity and identity theory. It studies the nature of individuals and the basis of their actions and action choices or motivations. It considers some important thoughts on social structure and reviews some ideas on the nature of the agents or actors that produce the behavior. It also discusses the concept of structural symbolic interaction, which serves as the basis of identity theory. The chapter also outlines the other chapters in this book.

Keywords:   identity, identity theory, action choices, social structure, agents, structural symbolic interaction

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