The Past, Present, and Future of an Identity Theory*

  title={The Past, Present, and Future of an Identity Theory*},
  author={Sheldon Stryker and P. Burke},
  journal={Social Psychology Quarterly},
Among the many traditions of research on "identity," two somewhat different yet strongly related strands of identity theory have developed. The first, reflected in the work of Stryker and colleagues, focuses on the linkages of social structures with identities. The second, reflected in the work of Burke and colleagues, focuses on the internal process of self-verification. In the present paper we review each of these strands and then discuss ways in which the two relate to and complement one… 
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