Similarity as a source of differentiation: the role of group identification

Jetten, Jolanda, Spears, Russell and Manstead, Antony S. R. (2001) Similarity as a source of differentiation: the role of group identification. European Journal of Social Psychology, 31 6: 621-640. doi:10.1002/ejsp.72

Author Jetten, Jolanda
Spears, Russell
Manstead, Antony S. R.
Title Similarity as a source of differentiation: the role of group identification
Journal name European Journal of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0046-2772
Publication date 2001-11-01
Year available 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/ejsp.72
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 31
Issue 6
Start page 621
End page 640
Total pages 20
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Abstract The present research examines the relation between perceived intergroup distinctiveness and positive intergroup differentiation. It was hypothesised that the distinctiveness-differentiation relation is a function of group identification. In two studies group distinctiveness was varied and level of identification was either measured (Study 1) or manipulated (Study 2). Results support the prediction that low group distinctiveness leads to more positive differentiation for high identifiers, although we found less support for the prediction that increased group distinctiveness leads to enhanced positive differentiation for low identifiers. The difference in emphasis between social identity theory and self-categorisation theory concerning the distinctiveness-differentiation relation is discussed and the importance of group identification as a critical factor of this relationship is stressed.
Keyword Psychology, Social
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
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