On Collective Identity

Protosociology, Vol. 18-19, 2003

17 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2008

Date Written: September 7, 2008


I argue that a number of persons form a "collective" when they share a "first person plural perspective." This perspective is shaped by a collective self-concept which, along with its causal history, uniquely identifies the collective. Collectives persist through changes in membership by maintaining this collective self-concept. Changes in the collective self-concept may be identity preserving, however, if they result from processes naturally flowing from the identity of the collective, which are appropriately caused by (or accepted by) the collective.

Keywords: social ontology, collective intentionality, collective identity, group identity, social group, metaphysics

Suggested Citation

Mathiesen, Kay, On Collective Identity (September 7, 2008). Protosociology, Vol. 18-19, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1264663

Kay Mathiesen (Contact Author)

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Boston, MA
United States

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