Identity, practice and dialogue
Article first published online: 15 JUL 2008
Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 363–368, July/August 2008
How to Cite
Hopkins, N. (2008), Identity, practice and dialogue. J. Community. Appl. Soc. Psychol., 18: 363–368. doi: 10.1002/casp.954
- Issue published online: 15 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 15 JUL 2008
Identities are constructed and contested. This means they may be re-worked to support more inclusive visions of who belongs and on what basis. However, identity construction does not take place in a vacuum, and social psychological analyses of change need to address the contextual dynamics that shape the processes and outcomes of dialogue. This requires attention to processes of power. Furthermore, we need to consider minority group members' understandings of these processes. From the perspective of the disadvantaged, dialogue may be experienced as disempowering because it is viewed as compromising group members' capacities to organize themselves to pursue strategies of social change. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.