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Title: Ideal selves as identity management strategies
Authors: Dumont, K.
Waldzus, S.
Keywords: Ideals
Social identity
Identity management strategies
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Pergamon/Elsevier
Abstract: This research addresses the relationship between ideal selves and social context from a social identity perspective. Based on Social Identity Theory (Tajfel and Turner, 1979 and Tajfel and Turner, 1986) and related research, it is argued that ideal selves stand in a functional relationship with identity management strategies and that, consequently, shared beliefs about relevant intergroup relations influence the preferences for ideal selves. Three studies conducted with black and white adolescent and adult South Africans tested the assumption. The overall results of the studies confirmed that whether ideal selves corresponding to social change, social mobility or social creativity were preferred depended on whether the intergroup relations between black and white South Africans were perceived as secure or insecure.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2014.11.003
ISSN: 0147-1767
Accession number: WOS:000350523100001
Appears in Collections:CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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