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Personal Agency in the Accumulation of Multiple Role-Identities

  • Peggy A. Thoits
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Abstract

Identity theory and its parent theory, symbolic interactionism, are based on the fundamental premise that society and self mutually shape and influence each other. In this chapter, I focus especially on the self-affects-society side of this interdependent relationship, because it has been neglected both theoretically and empirically. My goal is to foster greater appreciation of the degree to which individuals are active agents in their own lives and to spell out some of the implications of this observation for the further expansion of identity theory.

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Psychological Distress Personal Agency Identity Theory American Sociological Review Identity Standard 
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  • Peggy A. Thoits
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  1. 1.Vanderbilt UniversityNashville

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