Managing Multiple Identities

  • Rusi JaspalEmail author


The aim of this chapter is to examine how multiple identity elements in the self-concept are managed. As a case study, this chapter focuses on the relations between religion, ethnicity and sexuality—facets of identity that are often inter-connected—among gay Muslims. The chapter provides an overview of dominant social representations of homosexuality in Islam, how gay identity is understood, the challenges of constructing a gay identity, and how a sense of belonging is maintained in relevant social groups. The observations made in this chapter may be transferable to other identity configurations.


Multiple identities Religion Sexuality Psychological coherence Islam 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.De Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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