Title

Commentary: Identity, Practice and Dialogue

Authors

Nick Hopkins

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology

Volume

18

Issue

4

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

First Page

363

Last Page

368

DOI

10.1002/casp.954

Abstract

Identities are constructed and contested. This means they may be re-worked to support more inclusive visions of who belongs and on what basis. However, identity construction does not take place in a vacuum, and social psychological analyses of change need to address the contextual dynamics that shape the processes and outcomes of dialogue. This requires attention to processes of power. Furthermore, we need to consider minority group members' understandings of these processes. From the perspective of the disadvantaged, dialogue may be experienced as disempowering because it is viewed as compromising group members' capacities to organize themselves to pursue strategies of social change. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Comments

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