Developing a Sociological Model for Researching Women's Self and Social Identities
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Byrne, A. (2003) `Developing a Sociological Model for Researching Women's Self and Social Identities. The European Journal of Women's Studies. Vol 10, no.4. pp 443-464.
For those interested in researching the consequences of strong ideologies on women's identities, an empirical model that focuses our research attention on the self-identity and social identity of individual women may be helpful. Such a model was devised to assist the author in recognising elements of self-identity and social identity in single women's narratives of their lives. Supported by examples from women's narratives and focusing on the constituent elements of self-identity in particular, the investigative model is presented in this paper. It is argued that self-identity can be a locus of change with the potential for effecting transformation in women's social identities.