Belinskaya E.P. The variability of self: an identity crisis or a crisis of knowledge about it?

Full text in Russian: Белинская Е.П. Изменчивость Я: кризис идентичности или кризис знания о ней?
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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The problem of variability / stability of identity is analyzed in the context of modern social and psychological approaches to the study of identity. It is noted that the dynamics of identity is understood as a consequence of rapid social change in the postmodern age and is expressed in the growing multiplicity and potentially different I-structures. Stresses the specificity of the national "identity crisis" as associated with virtually no way of personal and social future.

Keywords: personal and social identity, variability / stability of identity, narrative identity, multiplicity of self, possible self, social change, social constructionism

The study was supported by the Russian Science Foundation, project 14-18-00598 "The patterns and mechanisms of positive socialization of today's children and adolescents."


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Received 20 November 2014. Date of publication: 21 April 2015.

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Belinskaya Elena P. Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Department of Social Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul. Mokhovaya, 11–9, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Belinskaya E.P. The variability of self: an identity crisis or a crisis of knowledge about it? Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 40, p. 12. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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