About this Research Topic
Coping strategies may be of different kinds. Individuals may attempt to discard one of the identities, use in turn one or the other, integrate or fuse multiple identities, in order to react to specific social contexts. Identities may also change or be newly developed in particular contexts (e.g., politicised, opinion-based, or solidarity-based groups). The type of strategy is also likely to have an impact on well-being, as it may reduce dissonance and distress. Research shows that upward and downward social mobility may create changes in attitudes and support for an individual’s low-status ingroup. Moreover, situational conditions such as threat to a social identity, as well as the type of integration culture may moderate such effects.
Overall, a host of research has focused on perceptions of individuals with multiple identities, and on individuals with intersecting devalued identities. The aim of this Research Topic is to enlarge this growing body of research by focusing on how people negotiate conflicting identities and the consequences. We are interested in the moderating role of social status, political diversity climate, and different cultures on the ways individuals handle their conflicting identities.
Submissions may treat multiple identities of any type (e.g., gender, ethnicity, sexuality, social class, professional, or immigrant status, etc.) which are opposed in social value. They may concern upward (e.g., immigrant managers) or downward (e.g., rich who becomes refugee) moves but also other identity dynamics (e.g., development of new identities, politization, contrasting traditional identities). Investigations of psychological constructs such as social identification, identity fusion, attitudes, collective (social) action, behaviour, or well-being are welcome.
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