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Self-Categorization as a Social Process in Small Groups

Peterson, Margaret J. (2007) Self-Categorization as a Social Process in Small Groups. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Categorical context, including relevant comparison dimensions, a group's position on those dimensions, and the selection of an outgroup with which to compare one's own group, is important for the categorization process as described by self-categorization and social identity theories. However, despite evidence that talk is important in the formation of a group identity and the theoretical importance of sharing a categorical context, little work has been done regarding how groups come to develop and share knowledge of this context. The verbal interactions of 46 three-person groups were recorded and analyzed to test hypothesized positive correlations among group members' talk about categorical context, their subsequent agreement about the group's prototype, identification with the group, and displays of ingroup biases. The lack of support for the hypothesized relationships and the possible implications of these results for self-categorization and social identity theory are also discussed.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Peterson, Margaret
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMoreland, Richardcslewis@pitt.eduCSLEWIS
Committee MemberLevine, Johnjml@pitt.eduJML
Committee MemberKlein, Williamwmklein@pitt.eduWMKLEIN
Date: 14 June 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 9 April 2007
Approval Date: 14 June 2007
Submission Date: 12 April 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: discourse analysis; social identity
Other ID:, etd-04122007-121630
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:36
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:39


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