Title: Navigating Multiple Identities: The Simultaneous Influence of Advantaged and Disadvantaged Identities on Politicization and Activism
Authors: Curtin, Nicola * ×
Kende, Anna *
Kende, Judit * #
Issue Date: Jun-2016
Publisher: Published by Blackwell Publishers for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Series Title: Journal of Social Issues vol:72 issue:2 pages:264-285
Abstract: Most identity-based models of activism assume that action is motivated either by a
disadvantaged identity (predicting own-group activism), or a feeling of solidarity
with disadvantaged groups (predicting ally activism). They do not account for
advantaged and disadvantaged identifications within the same person. Yet many
activists have both advantaged and disadvantaged identities. Two interview studies
from Hungary and the United States (N = 47) were used to examine how both
disadvantaged and advantaged identities influence politicization and activism
(both own-group and ally), via both direct and indirect experiences of marginalization
and privilege.We also discuss the emergence of new identities from activist
engagements and how such new activist identities recursively influence activism
and politicization. We conclude our analysis by arguing that identity-based organizations
may be more successful emphasizing multiple and intersecting identities
and the structural aspects of disadvantages rather than singular disadvantaged
ISSN: 0022-4537
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Social and Cultural Psychology
* (joint) first author
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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