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Deepening and Widening Social Identity Analysis in Economics

John Davis

No 2021-08, Working Papers and Research from Marquette University, Center for Global and Economic Studies and Department of Economics

Abstract: Abstract: This paper is a contribution to the Erasmus Journal of Economics and Philosophy symposium on Dasgupta and Goyal’s “Narrow Identities†(2019) that models how individuals develop social identities. They do not distinguish categorical and relational social identities, model only social group social identities, minimize intersectionality (having multiple social group identities), and ignore inter-relational, social role social identities. In a club theory-like analysis, they portray the world as locked into polarized social group rivalries, where democracy matters little compared to social group loyalty. A problem with explaining social identity only in terms of social group identity is that the ‘identify with’ basis of social group loyalty undermines saying people are distinct individuals. Dasgupta and Goyal use the standard circular preferences conception of what makes people distinct individuals, so they cannot say individuals do not disappear into social groups. However, a relational social roles-based social identity analysis offers a way of explaining how people can be distinct individuals and have social identities, particularly where social group identities are connected to social role identities. This analysis is outlined using a distinction between relatively closed and relatively open behavioral domains.

Keywords: social identity; social groups; social roles (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B41 B50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-cwa, nep-evo, nep-hme, nep-hpe, nep-pke and nep-ure
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