7. Collective Identity and Political Engagement

  1. Assaad E. Azzi Professor director1,
  2. Xenia Chryssochoou Associate Professor2,
  3. Bert Klandermans Professor3 and
  4. Bernd Simon Professor Directors4
  1. Bernd Simon Professor Directors

Published Online: 12 OCT 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328158.ch7

Identity and Participation in Culturally Diverse Societies

Identity and Participation in Culturally Diverse Societies

How to Cite

Simon, B. (2010) Collective Identity and Political Engagement, in Identity and Participation in Culturally Diverse Societies (eds A. E. Azzi, X. Chryssochoou, B. Klandermans and B. Simon), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328158.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

  2. 2

    Panteion University (Athens, Greece)

  3. 3

    Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  4. 4

    Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany

Author Information

  1. Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 OCT 2010
  2. Published Print: 8 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199476

Online ISBN: 9781444328158



  • collective identity and political engagement;
  • struggles for or against social change in society - political power struggles between social groups;
  • Tajfel's seminal insight, collective identity functions - as “intervening causal mechanism in situations of ‘objective’ social change”;
  • collective identity - connecting individual and the social;
  • self-interpretation, people achieving understanding of themselves - or in other words an identity, which in turn influences subsequent perception and behavior;
  • from cost-benefit calculations - to mobilizing power of collective identity;
  • politicized collective identity;
  • identity and politicization - among migrants in Germany;
  • implications for social integration - from politicization to radicalization;
  • taxonomy of means–ends combinations - characterizing politicization vs. radicalization


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Collective Identity: Connecting the Individual and the Social

  • The Role of Collective Identity in Social Movement Participation: It Moves!

  • Politicized Collective Identity

  • Identity and Politicization among Migrants in Germany

  • Implications for Social Integration: From Politicization to Radicalization

  • References