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Identity Salience and Role Performance: The Relevance of Symbolic Interaction Theory for Family Research

Sheldon Stryker
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 30, No. 4 (Nov., 1968), pp. 558-564
DOI: 10.2307/349494
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/349494
Page Count: 7
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Identity Salience and Role Performance: The Relevance of Symbolic Interaction Theory for Family Research
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Abstract

Framing this paper is the question: what research problem and hypotheses suggested by symbolic interaction theory give promise, if pursued, of significantly advancing the sociology of the family? The problem delineated revolves around the concepts of identity and commitment. After explication of a set of premises and needed refinements in concepts basic to symbolic interaction theory, a number of hypotheses are offered. These purport to account for the position of identities in a salience hierarchy and tie identity salience to role performance. Finally, it is noted that these hypotheses could profitably be studied in the research setting of responses to first pregnancy

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