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date: 11 December 2019

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This chapter provides a framework designed to address how individual persons respond to changes and continuities in social systems and historical circumstances at different life stages and in different generations. We include a focus on systematic differences among the people who experience these changes in the social environment — differences both in the particular situations they find themselves in and in their personalities. Using examples from research on divorce, immigration, social movement participation, and experiences of war, we make a case for an integrated personality and social psychology that extends the analysis across time and works within socially and historically important contexts.

Keywords: divorce, ethnicity, generation, identity change, immigration, life span, political activism, social identity, social movements, women‘s movement

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