Social identity theory's self-esteem hypothesis: a review and some suggestions for clarification.

@article{Rubin1998SocialIT,
  title={Social identity theory's self-esteem hypothesis: a review and some suggestions for clarification.},
  author={Mark Rubin and Miles Hewstone},
  journal={Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc},
  year={1998},
  volume={2 1},
  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… CONTINUE READING

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