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http://hdl.handle.net/10071/5437
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Title: The Relational Dimension of Identity—Theoretical and Empirical Exploration
Authors: Lopes, Helena
Calapez, Teresa
Keywords: Identity
Relational goods
Moral goods
Recognition
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Abstract: Identity has been recently introduced as a ‘‘legitimate’’ subject matter in economics. Whereas the social nature of identity is consensually acknowledged, its relational and moral dimensions are overlooked. We begin by clarifying the role of interpersonal relations in identity formation. Following Honneth (1995) we argue that the development of a positive identity, defined as a person’s relation-to-self, depends on the processes of mutual recognition in which a person takes part throughout her/his life. We then frame Honneth’s recognition processes in terms of the access to relational and moral goods. An empirical study is presented that illustrates the association between relational and moral goods and ‘‘relation-to-self.’’ Based on European Social Survey (ESS) data, we show that high levels of relational goods (e.g. experiencing intense and positive social relations) and moral goods (e.g. perceiving to be treated with justice and respect) are associated with a positive relation-to-self.
Peer reviewed: Sim
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10071/5437
ISSN: 0034-6764
Publisher version: The original version is available at Taylor & Francis http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00346764.2011.592279
Appears in Collections:DINÂMIA'CET-RI - Artigo em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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