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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Collapsing self/other positions: identification through differentiation
Authors: Gillespie, Alex
Contact Email: alex.gillespie@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Self
Other
Identity
Tourists
Issue Date: Sep-2007
Publisher: British Pyschological Society
Citation: Gillespie A (2007) Collapsing self/other positions: identification through differentiation, British Journal of Social Psychology, 46 (3), pp. 579-595.
Abstract: There is a widely recognised tendency for people to positively differentiate Self from Other. The present paper asks: What counter dynamic constrains this othering tendency? A phenomenon, termed identification through differentiation is presented in which the positive differentiation of Self from Other collapses in a moment of identification. This phenomenon is demonstrated and explored using quasi-naturalistic group discussions with tourists in India. Three excerpts are analysed. The first demonstrates a tourist’s attempt to positively differentiate himself from other tourists. The second demonstrates how such an effort can collapse in a moment of identification with the previously derogated ‘other’ tourists. The third is used to explore how identification through differentiation is complicated by issues of self-presentation. The discussion uses concepts from Mead (1934) and Ichheiser (1949) in order to theorise about the preconditions, interactional mechanisms and wider applicability of the phenomenon.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/704
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1348/014466606X155439
Rights: Published in British Journal of Social Psychology by British Pyschological Society.
Affiliation: Psychology

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