Welcome to ENGL 801A: Social Identity Approach
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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)
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