Friday, 10 July 2015
Self, Identity, and Social Movements (Social movements, protest & contention),
Ed. Sheldon Stryker, Timothy J Owens and Robert W White, University of Minnesota Press, 2000,
Chapter 2 "Identity Work Processes in the Context of Social Movements" (pp. 41-67), page 51-52
The last of Snow and McAdam's four possible identity construction processes is 'identity transformation'. This is different from the other three: they all retained, amplified or built upon an existing identity; in transformation, that continuity, that link, is deeply fractured, if not obliterated, with the resukt being a dramatic in identity, such that one now sees him/herself as strikingly different from before.
In the case of conversion, coming to faith, that is exactly the process. A peron changes from being a sinner, estranged from G-d, to being a saint, loved by and in relationship with G-d.
Snow describes identity transformation as:
a double-edged process involving the dismantling of the past, on the one hand, and its reconstruction, on the other. Some aspects of the past are jettisoned, others are redefined, and some are put together in ways that would have previously been inconceivable.
The question here really has to be: what is jettisoned and what is kept and were you ready for that?