Psychologist dr. Byron Adams looks at the relationships between inclusion and identity in predominantly non-Western contexts, like Sub-Saharan Africa and South America. Contexts and populations which remain understudied and underrepresented in psychological research.
About Identity and Inclusion in Non-Western Groups and Contexts
Our identities - ‘who we are’ in combination with ‘whom others think we are’ - are essential for how well we get along with people who are different from us. They go a long way in determining whether or not we include others, and others include us. Do we belong to the same group, while still being allowed to express ourselves as unique individuals? This evening, psychologist dr. Byron Adams looks at the relationships between inclusion and identity in predominantly non-Western contexts, like Sub-Saharan Africa and South America. Contexts and populations which remain understudied and underrepresented in psychological research. Are different identities, for example ethnic, religious, and personal identities, essential for the way groups relate to each other? And what does this mean for the feeling of being included and, ultimately, well-being in non-Western contexts?
About Byron Adams
Byron G. Adams is an interdisciplinary identity and industrial/organizational psychologist. He holds a PhD in Psychology from Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, a Visiting Professor at Ghent University, Belgium, and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Byron studies identity across different groups (i.e., cultural, gender, and national groups), life stages (i.e., adolescents and emerging adults) and life domains (i.e., school and work). He currently serves on the Governing Council for the Society of Emerging Adulthood and on the Commission for Cultural Diversity in the Dutch Institute of Psychologists (NIP).
About series Identity
Who am I? Where do I fit in? Who are ‘we’? Can I have multiply identities? What does all this mean for my well-being? In this series we dig into these questions, and more, from a psychological perspective. In an upcoming series we will will dive deeper into the politization of identity.