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Self-Identity in Marriage and Widowhood

Helena Znaniecki Lopata
The Sociological Quarterly
Vol. 14, No. 3 (Summer, 1973), pp. 407-418
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Midwest Sociological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4105687
Page Count: 12
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Self-Identity in Marriage and Widowhood
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Abstract

Theories of symbolic interaction and ethnomethodology assume that everyone undertakes a complex process of construction of reality, including self-identity, in interaction with significant others. Utilizing insights into variations in identity reformulation in marriage obtained from a study of American metropolitan women, this paper concentrates on variations of identity reformulation among widows. The major hypothesis guiding the discussion is that the higher the education of the woman, as measured by formal schooling, the more she is likely to experience and undertake identity reformulation in marriage and in widowhood. The less education a woman has, the less she will be consciously affected in her identity formulation by these events.

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