Social Identity Theory's Self-Esteem Hypothesis: A Review and Some Suggestions for Clarification

  title={Social Identity Theory's Self-Esteem Hypothesis: A Review and Some Suggestions for Clarification},
  author={Mark B. Rubin and Miles Hewstone},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  pages={40 - 62}
Distinctions are made between global and specific, personal and social, and trait and state self-esteem, and these are used to structure a review of over 40 studies concerning social identity theory's hypothesis that (a) intergroup discrimination elevates self-esteem and (b) low self-esteem motivates discrimination. It is observed that researchers have tended to employ measures of global personal trait self-esteem in their investigations of this self-esteem hypothesis, and it is argued that… Expand

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