Clarifying Social Identity Through Group Interaction

in Talking about Politics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780226872186
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226872216 | DOI:
Clarifying Social Identity Through Group Interaction

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This chapter presents empirical evidence from participant observation and national sample survey data of the processes through which small groups of people create contexts of understanding and the conditions that foster such processes. Specifically, observations of when and how groups of people clarify shared identities suggest that the store of overlapping acquaintances and experiences that group members share as well as characteristics of the physical setting in which they meet influence the extent to which they clarify collective identities. National sample survey data are used to investigate this process on the individual level and analyze whether and in what conditions participants in voluntary associations clarify identity through informal group talk.

Keywords: social identity; group talk; participant observation; national sample survey; shared identities; voluntary associations

Chapter.  11699 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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