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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Call for Papers for Special Issue on "Identity Integration"

28.11.2019, by Tina Keil in call for papers

Journal: Self & Identity
Submission deadline: January 17th, 2020

Self & Identity
Self & Identity

The multiple identities approach is becoming an established framework to study identity processes in social and personality psychology. Within this approach, studies conducted within the Bicultural Identity Integration framework (BII; Benet- Martínez & Haritatos, 2005; Benet-Martínez, 2012) have provided a deeper understanding of how different types of socio-cultural belonging (i.e., ethnicity, culture, nationality) may live under the same roof and the consequences of such coexistence for important outcomes such as creativity, psychosocial adjustment, and behavioral problems. More recently, this construct has been fruitfully applied to the study of identity dynamics beyond culture and ethnicity (e.g., sexual-orientation-gender; sexual orientation ­ religion; work-gender; work-age) under the rubric of Identity Integration (II). These studies show that, like BII, these different forms of Identity Integration predict important cognitive and behavioral outcomes (e.g., creative performance, work engagement, etc). Identity Integration thus may be conceived as more generalized construct that describes individuals’ perceptions of compatibility vs, conflict between any number of social identities.

We are seeking contributions that investigate the construct of II for a special issue to be published in the journal Self & Identity. We are aiming for journal articles that achieve two general goals:

  1. they showcase recent studies that apply the II framework (or similar constructs) to the study of identity dynamics (i.e., compatibility vs. conflict) between different types of social identification (e.g. work, academy, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, socio economic status, etc.), and
  2. analyze how these II processes relate to a wide range of consequential outcomes. In particular we will privilege studies analyzing II beyond classical measures of individual adjustment and in relation to different psychosocial outcomes such as quality social relationships, intergroup attitudes and behavior, divergent cognition, motivation, performance, etc.

We ask authors who are interested in contributing to the special issue to submit a 300-word abstract of their contribution by the 17th January 2020. The editorial team will then review the abstracts and send out invitations to submit full papers to the authors' whose work we see as ideally suited for the special issue. We project May 30th, 2020 as the deadline to send the full paper for peer review.

Please submit initial abstracts, along with a title and author information, to claudia.manzi@unicatt.it, and include “Identity Integration S&I abstract” in the subject line.

Claudia Manzi,
Veronica Benet-Martinez