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LOPES, José Rogério. The ways of the identity in social sciences and their metamorphosis in Social Psychology. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2002, vol.14, n.1, pp.7-27. ISSN 1807-0310.

To think on the identity's category and its application in Social Psychology lead to a review of some epistemological presuppositions. The concept appears simultaneously in Anthropology and Psychology, as a theoretical "corpus" that emerges at certain historical moment, with distinguishable answers to the problematical of human attitudes. The development of the category was characterized by irregular approaches and distinctions between the Human and Social Sciences, aiming to demarcate fields of knowledge that do not support themselves separately any more. It is proposed a discourse that analyses the limits and imbrications built in the utilization of the category in Social Sciences, aiming to understand how the new empiric and theoretical records of the question were produced. The analysis points towards a reasoning upon the interdisciplinary character that is in the basis of the category, based on a methodological approach that allows overcoming the rigid parameters that delimit the borders between the fields of knowledge in the Social Sciences, including the Social Psychology

Keywords : Identity; Social Sciences; Paradigm; Individual Concepts; Conscience.

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