Gender, Identity, Singleness, Women
Originally published as
Byrne, A. 2003.
'Developing a Sociological Model for Researching Women's Self and Social
Identities' in the European Journal of Women's Studies (Special
Issue on Identities), Vol.10 (4): 443-464
Developing a sociological model for
researching women's self and social identities.
For those interested in
researching the consequences of strong ideologies on women's identities, an
empirical model that focuses our research attention on the self-identity and
social identity of individual women may be helpful. Such a model was devised to
assist the author in recognising elements of self-identity and social identity
in single women's narratives of their lives. Supported by examples from women's
narratives and focusing on the constituent elements of self-identity in
particular, the investigative model is presented in this paper. It is argued
that self-identity can be a locus of change with the potential for effecting
transformation in women's social identities.
Self, self-identity, social identity,
single women, conceptions of womanhood