Talk:Identity management theory

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This article does not have a good expansion about this theory. According to intercultural communication, this theory will greatly expand my knowledge on this subject matter. As this theory is of great interest to myself, however there is very vague information (stub) addressing this theory. In order to improve this article, there needs to be more expansion and exploration done. I will refer back to this article often and consider relating this to my future goals.

Lynsbrow (talk) 20:14, 30 January 2013 (UTC) [1] [2] I have found difficulty finding research on this theory but intend to use the research I have found to help me expand the subject. Lynsbrow (talk) 04:13, 20 February 2013 (UTC)Lynsey

Here are additional sources that I will use to further this topic. Lustig M, Koester J. Intercultural Competence; Interpersonal Communication across Cultures. 6th Addition. Boston, 2010.

Ravasi, D., & Johan, v. R. (2003). Key issues in organizational identity and identification theory. Corporate Reputation Review, 6(2), 118-132. Retrieved from

Bartholm, R. H., & T.C. Melewar. (2011). Exploring the auditory dimension of corporate identity management. Marketing Intelligence & Planning, 29(2), 92-107. doi: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lynsbrow (talkcontribs) 20:06, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

Colin Tredoux, et al. "Social Identity Theory And The Authoritarian Personality Theory In South Africa." South African Journal Of Psychology 33.2 (2003): 109-117.
Niens, Ulrike, and Ed Cairns. "Identity Management Strategies In Northern Ireland." Journal Of Social Psychology 142.3 (2002): 371-380.
Shepperd, James A., Alexander J. Rothman, and William M. P. Klein. "Self-Regulation, Identity-Regulation And Health." Self & Identity 10.3 (2011): 281-283. — Preceding unsigned comment added by DaChavey09 (talkcontribs) 04:46, 3 April 2013 (UTC)

Sources for talk page[edit]

Here are some sources that Drewbeedooo and Elowe08 have found. Along with myself.

Colin Tredoux, et al. "Social Identity Theory And The Authoritarian Personality Theory In South Africa." South African Journal Of Psychology 33.2 (2003): 109-117.
Niens, Ulrike, and Ed Cairns. "Identity Management Strategies In Northern Ireland." Journal Of Social Psychology 142.3 (2002): 371-380.
Shepperd, James A., Alexander J. Rothman, and William M. P. Klein. "Self-Regulation, Identity-Regulation And Health." Self & Identity 10.3 (2011): 281-283.

--DaChavey09 (talk) 04:51, 3 April 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for the suggested resources for me to use. By the end of this article, I hope to help expand on what Identity Management Theory is. Also, I want to look into what identity is and show the direct correlation that this will play on the theory. Lynsbrow (talk) 05:20, 3 April 2013 (UTC)

Three of us are also working on IMT. Let's make this page awesome. Also, after review, "The Self-Regulation, Identity-Regulation And Health" article is not relevant. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Drewbeedooo (talkcontribs) 06:16, 3 April 2013 (UTC)

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Identity Management Theory is a recent idea that was proposed in the 1990's. Cupach and Imahori based this theory on a book from the 1960's. The book, Interaction ritual: Essays on face-to-face behavior, should be further expanded in order to understand the theory it was based on. Interestingly, Cupach and Imahori separate two types of communication; intercultural and intraculteral. Both these communication subgroups will be further researched in order to see the basis for this theory. Also, identities will be expanded on to fully grasp what Identity Management Theory is about.

      Erving Goffman is an author who helped the originators of IMT base their theory off of. Goffman was a well-known sociologist and writer. It makes sense that the IMT mentions his contribution, since he is the most cited sociologist from his writings because of what he studied in communication Goffman Wikipedia Site. Among the six essays that make up Goffman's book, the first essay shows an individual's self image while communicating. The author explained that the self-image that is obtained during interacting is not permanent and has a large social influence. The image someone gets in a social setting is than expected for the future. The risk of changing self-image in a social context will alter how the individual feels about oneself. The author was implying that often times the defense mechanism is to retract from showing your self to much in a social setting so others do not see them in a displeasing way. The idea of the Identity Management Theory uses the ideas by Goffman to help establish what the idea behind the theory is trying to get at. 
       Intercultural verse intracultural communication varies significantly. Intercultural communication is based on a much greater scheme of things. This type of communication refers to a group of people that differ in backgrounds, whether that is religion, ethnic, education, or social backgrounds. Intercultural communication looks at how the world is viewed, how messages are interpreted,and how differing cultures react to situations [Communication ]. On the contrary, intracultural communication discusses how people of the same background interact with one another. I thought it was interesting that there was not a Wikipedia page discussing this concept. It is very important to compare and contrast the opposite of intercultural communication to understand the similarities and differences. With little research done on intracultural communication, I am unable to correlate the two types of communication. 
      The last concept to expand on is identity. Identity is directly connected with the Identity Management Theory since it helps define what this theory is trying to explain. Even though identity is a very broad topic, I will discuss personal identity through the lens of the individual, which will than effect its social identity. Identity is said to be the "distinct personality of an individual" It is interesting to hear that identity is both the identity one holds of themselves. Also, identity is the perception that someone holds in a social setting. Identity can be broken down even more by distinguishing specific characteristics within each individual and in different social setting. I am in awe that identity is not consistent and may be constantly changing. Each of the three concepts that were looked at will help expand on the Identity Management Theory. Each of these ideas directly correlate with the theory and will be useful in explaining this theory.

For an Intercultural Communication class, I am looking into this topic. This is a starting article that gives the premise of what is already known of what is known about this theory. Also, I will use the sources I found. In addition, I will use the other recommended sources to make my edits for the next draft of the article to add to the main page. Lynsbrow (talk) 19:34, 3 April 2013 (UTC)

Clean up needed[edit]

This is a great subject and tough to summarize. It is quite redundant, though, and needs to be consolidated. Grammar, links and formatting all need attention as well. Cheers. Ajungle (talk) 06:20, 24 April 2013 (UTC)


The page is coming along nicely. Might I suggest looking at really elaborate Wikipedia pages and trying to organize them accordingly. Have things just as headings and titles for various subject areas would be of great benefit to any page, especially this one that has little organization to it. Also trying to summarize more of what is being said. There are really long, well thought out paragraphs of information here. I think it would be best to try and either trim it down or separating it into categories. Other than that, I really feel like you have great information going on here. DaChavey09 (talk) 17:32, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

It looks as if there has been substantial progress made in expanding the article already with relevant information. What I am noticing though is that a lot of the information is repetitive and could be better formatted in a way that explains more clearly to the reader what Identity Management Theory is as well as what it entails. I would also agree that better organization could be beneficial in separating ideas and strategies from one another perhaps through the use of headings and subheadings. --Elowe08 (talk) 20:25, 1 May 2013 (UTC)

Identity Management Strategies[edit]

Along with the theory, I think it would be a good idea to talk about the strategies that people use when conducting studies concerning identity management. These strategies include

1) Individualization
2) Social Competition
3) Change of comparison dimensions
4) Temporal Comparisons
5) Subordinate Re-categorization

These 5 strategies were used in a study conducted in Northern Ireland [3]

There are many aspects to identity management theory and I think that improving upon the scope of the applications that it has in studies and how people actually use it in the real world would be of great benefit to this page. Expanding on these 5 strategies and perhaps even obtaining more may be of great benefit to the page. DaChavey09 (talk) 17:18, 1 May 2013 (UTC)