Identity as a Variable

TitleIdentity as a Variable
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsAbdelal, R, Herrera, YM, Johnston, AI, McDermott, R
JournalPerspectives on Politics
Volume4
Pagination695
KeywordsConstructivism
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Main Argument: Define identity along two dimensions: content and contestation. Content described the meaning of a collective identity, including four non-mutually-exclusive categories: constitutive norms, social purposes, relational comparisons with other social categories, and cognitive models. Contestation refers to the degree of agreement within a group over the content of the shared category. Methodology of studying identity can include: discourse analysis, surveys, content analysis, experiments, agent-based modeled, cognitive mapping.