|VOLUME 3 (2001), ISSUE 6 (WINTER)
HOW INDIVIDUAL AND CULTURAL IDENTITIES ARE CONSTRUCTED
The author points out the links between identity, power, and individual or collective life strategies.
He reminds us that cultural identity must not be considered as separate from the emergence or organization of action. It is associated not only with continuity (the feeling of staying the same over time), but also to multiple dimensions such as cohesiveness, positivity, differentiation, assertiveness, originality, and it expresses itself through individual or collective strategies, either short-term or long-term.
He states that demoralized Western societies can take either pessimistic or optimistic stands, but, loss of cultural identity likely will inhibit the potential of these societies to thrive. A strong identity still is the condition by which a social group can maintain its cohesiveness and defeat the threat of dissolution.
Identity - Social Cohesiveness
Pierre TAP is a social psychologist and a professor at the University of Toulouse, France, and a director of the Department of Psychology at the University of Toulouse Le Mirail, France.
This book is the outcome of a collective reflection on immigration and interethnic relationships by a multidisciplinaryacademic team.
Translation in English by Patrick HUNOUT and Ellen MOORE-BOOHAR.
A part of this book has been realized thanks to the financial support of the Robert Bosch Foundation and the French-German Youth Office.
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