Assimilation and diversity: An integrative model of subgroup relations

Hornsey, MJ and Hogg, MA (2000) Assimilation and diversity: An integrative model of subgroup relations. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 4 2: 143-156. doi:10.1207/S15327957PSPR0402_03


Author Hornsey, MJ
Hogg, MA
Title Assimilation and diversity: An integrative model of subgroup relations
Journal name Personality and Social Psychology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1088-8683
Publication date 2000-01-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1207/S15327957PSPR0402_03
Volume 4
Issue 2
Start page 143
End page 156
Total pages 14
Place of publication Mahwah, NJ.
Publisher Lawrence Erlbaum
Language eng
Subject C1
380105 Social and Community Psychology
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract A model of sociostructural relations among subgroups within a superordinate category is presented. Contextualized by discussion of political and social psychological models of intergroup contact, we extend principles of social identity theory to address structural differentiation within groups. Subgroup identity threat plays a pivotal role in the nature of subgroup relations, as do the social realities of specific subgroup relations (i.e., inclusiveness, nested vs. crosscutting categories, leadership, instrumental goal relations, power and status differentials, subgroup similarity). Our analysis suggests that subgroup identity threat is the greatest obstacle to social harmony; social arrangements that threaten social identity produce defensive reactions that result in conflict. Social harmony is best achieved by maintaining, not weakening, subgroup identities, and locating them within the context of a binding superordinate identity.
Keyword Psychology, Social
Reducing Intergroup Bias
Common Ingroup Identity
Social Identity
In-group
Leader Stereotypicality
Superordinate Goals
Contact Hypothesis
Task-performance
Role Assignment
Attitudes
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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