Identity enactment as collective accomplishment: religious identity enactment at home and at a festival

Reicher, S., Hopkins, N., Stevenson, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2438-6425, Pandey, K., Shankar, S. and Tewari, S., 2020. Identity enactment as collective accomplishment: religious identity enactment at home and at a festival. British Journal of Social Psychology. ISSN 0144-6665

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Abstract

Much research addresses the proposition that identifying with a group shapes individuals’ behaviour. Typically, such research employs experimental or survey methods, measuring or manipulating social identification and relating this to various outcome variables. Although shedding much light on the processes involved in the identity-behaviour relationship, such research tends to overlook the various constraints that limit individuals’ abilities to act in accordance with their identities. Using interview data gathered in north India, we explore the factors affecting the enactment of a religious identity. More specifically, using data gathered at a religious mass gathering, we compare and contrast participants’ reports of identity enactment when they are at the event and when they are in their home villages. These two contexts differ in terms of their social organisation, especially the degree to which they are marked by the presence of a shared identity. Exploring participants’ accounts of such differences in social organisation, we consider the social processes that constrain or facilitate identity enactment. In so doing, our analysis contributes to a richer analysis of the identity-behaviour relationship.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: British Journal of Social Psychology
Creators: Reicher, S., Hopkins, N., Stevenson, C., Pandey, K., Shankar, S. and Tewari, S.
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd. on behalf of British Psychological Society
Date: 28 August 2020
ISSN: 0144-6665
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10.1111/bjso.12415DOI
Rights: © 2020 The Authors. British Journal of Social Psychology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Psychological Society. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 05 Aug 2020 15:43
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2020 14:38
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40337

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