Metatheory: Lessons from social identity research

Abrams, D and Hogg, MA (2004) Metatheory: Lessons from social identity research. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 8 2: 98-106. doi:10.1207/s15327957pspr0802_2

Author Abrams, D
Hogg, MA
Title Metatheory: Lessons from social identity research
Journal name Personality and Social Psychology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1088-8683
Publication date 2004-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1207/s15327957pspr0802_2
Volume 8
Issue 2
Start page 98
End page 106
Total pages 9
Editor E. Smith
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S.A.
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
380109 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
380105 Social and Community Psychology
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Sciences
Formatted abstract
The value of a metatheoretical perspective is illustrated using our work in the development of the social identity approach. A metatheory places specific research questions within a broader framework and encourages the integration of theorizing for a range of potentially disparate phenomena. It sets parameters for predictions by specific theories and contexts. Resistance to ideas and disputes among theorists often reflect differences in metatheories. However openness to debate and integration of concepts can turn these to advantage by posing new research questions. These issues are discussed with reference to European and North American perspectives on groups; theorizing about intergroup behavior motivation, and self-categorization; the connection between laboratory and real-world phenomena; and the linkage of intergroup and intragroup behavior.
Copyright © 2004 by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Keyword Psychology, Social
Intergroup discrimination
Group norms
Q-Index Code C1

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