Lay Theories of Essentialism

  title={Lay Theories of Essentialism},
  author={S. Demoulin and Jacques-Philippe Leyens and V. Yzerbyt},
  journal={Group Processes & Intergroup Relations},
  pages={25 - 42}
  • S. Demoulin, Jacques-Philippe Leyens, V. Yzerbyt
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology
  • Group Processes & Intergroup Relations
  • This article investigates the essentialist perception of social categories and differentiates it from two closely related concepts, namely entitativity and natural kind-ness. We argue that lay perceptions of social categories vary along three dimensions: natural kind-ness, entitativity, and essentialism. Depending on whether membership in social categories is forced or chosen, people develop different theories and associate different types of characteristics. Perceived control upon membership… CONTINUE READING

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