The multiplicity of belonging: Pushing identity research beyond binary thinking


Journal Article

© 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. To date, research has primarily used a singular identity framework for investigating how social identity shapes behavior. Thus, research has also largely ignored the role that having multiple, simultaneous identities may play in our lives. This paper reviews work that pushes that singular identity framework beyond either/or binary constructs of identity. Specifically, through exploring racial identity flexibility for biracial populations and activating a flexible, multiple identity mindset more broadly outside of racial domains, these results demonstrate the potential impact of multifaceted self-views on flexible behaviors. Related work concerning other multiply belonging individuals are also discussed in line with a call for needed research to pinpoint new models and mechanisms for understanding the multiplicity of belonging.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gaither, SE

Published Date

  • July 4, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 443 - 454

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1529-8876

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1529-8868

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/15298868.2017.1412343

Citation Source

  • Scopus