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Psychological Studies

Psychological Studies

Editor-in-Chief: Damodar Suar

ISSN: 0033-2968 (print version)
ISSN: 0974-9861 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12646

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Special Issue on Rethinking Self and Identity in a Changing World: Diversity, Conflict and Reconciliation

Guest Editors: Dr Suribhika Maheshwari and Prof. Michael F. Mascolo
Special Issue Editor for Psychological Studies: Prof. Girishwar Misra
The concepts of self and identity are central ones in the social and psychological sciences. At its most basic, we invoke the concept of self whenever we speak reflexively of “I”, “me” or “mine”. The concept of identity is similar, but instead asks “Who am I?” “Who am I in relation to you, us or them?” To contemplate these ideas is to immediately be struck by their complexity. When we speak of “I”, we indicate the agent of a particular ongoing action. What, however, does it mean to be an agent? What gives me the power to exert control over my actions, thoughts and feelings? Am I but one agent or agency? Or many? How do I exercise my agency in relation to you? How does my relation to you within any given context, society or culture constrain and organize what I am able to do? How is my power – my capacity for agency -- constrained, organized or enabled by yours?
These same concerns arise when we seek to create and act upon our identities. To have an identity is to be able to identify oneself within a larger matrix of other identities. Crucially, however, my identity is never something that I am able to define alone. The act of forming an identity requires that I identify something or someone beyond me – with one or more categories of persons, acts, ideals, values or social systems. This process necessarily produces both comradery and conflict. As I identify as Indian or American; male, female or otherwise; psychotherapist, patient or client; I necessarily align myself with some people, practices and prescriptions and not with others. Still further, despite my agency, I am never the sole arbiter of my identity. For better and for worse, my attempt to seize a given identity will often come into tension with your sense of who you are and who I should be. Our selves and identities arise and develop through our relations to each other within already existing structures of value, meaning and power.
The purpose of this issue is to rethink what it means to speak of self and identity an increasingly diversified, technologically-mediated and interconnected world. In so doing, we raise a variety of questions about how people come to create novel selves and identities through novel forms of relating in the world. What forms of selfhood and identity arise through our shifting relations with other? How do novel forms of mediation transform our sense of who we are and who we can become? How do we experience and identify ourselves within the shifting medium of a mixing and moving world? How do we make claims of agency and identity against the resistance of traditional and established forms of social and cultural life? How do I construct myself anew in the context of shifting social, cultural and technological circumstances? Are there ways to reconcile competing claims to identity as they are made within and between persons, groups and societies?

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