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English 801A: Getting Started

This guide was created to support Professor Aguirre's English 801A research paper assignment.

Welcome to ENGL 801A: Social Identity Approach


This research guide pulls together a variety of resources you may want to use if you are conducting research for Social Identity Approach (research and theory pertaining to social identity theory and social categorization theory).

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Overview on Social Identity Theory and Social Categorization Theory

Social Identity Theory - The theory that people favor ingroups over outgroups in order to enhance their self-esteem (Cengage Psychology Glossary, n.d.)

Social identity theory is a theory designed to explain how it is that people develop a sense of membership and belonging in particular groups, and how the mechanics of intergroup discrimination work. This theory plays an important role in the study of social psychology. Everyone from sports fans to students of elite colleges is influenced to some degree by social identity, and this theory explains how intergroup competition and discrimination can get so vicious that people will be driven to acts as extreme as murder or the promotion of legislation that is designed to marginalize members of other groups, such as Jim Crow laws in the American South. (WiseGeek, 2017)

Self-Categorization Theory - An extension of social identity theory which proposes that when an individual's social identity is salient they come to see themselves as a depersonalized group member rather than an idiosyncratic individual. They depersonalize, assimilate to group norms, and take on the characteristics associated with typical group member, a process referred to as self-stereotyping. (Crisp & Turner, 2007, pg. 330)

Keyword(s) & Subject Heading(s) Suggestion

Suggested keywords and subject headings to use in your searches in the library catalog, electronic databases, and online resources.  You may also mix and match keywords and subject headings in your search expression (i.e. SELF AND SOCIAL GROUP)


social psychology social psychology
self-categorization theory organizational behavior
self-stereotyping group identity
social identity theory intergroup relations
social groups social influences
social behavior self-perception
social pressure social groups
depersonalization social interaction
categorization identification
self-esteem identity (psychology)
self--social aspects
self in children



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