A Role Identification Account of Social Identity

Dissertation, University of California, Riverside (2009)


This dissertation articulates a new model for understanding the moral psychology of social identity. It argues that it is best to think of social identities as social roles that are defined by socio-normative rules. When agents identify with social roles the result is a social identity. Social identities give an agent a unique source of reasons to act.

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Nathan Placencia
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