The significance of the social identity concept for social psychology with reference to individualism, interactionism and social influence

  title={The significance of the social identity concept for social psychology with reference to individualism, interactionism and social influence},
  author={John C. Turner and Penelope J. Oakes},
  journal={British Journal of Social Psychology},
  • J. Turner, P. Oakes
  • Published 1 September 1986
  • Psychology
  • British Journal of Social Psychology
The distinctive metatheoretical and empirical significance of the social identity concept for social psychology is outlined with special reference to social influence and group polarization. ‘Individualism’ and ‘interactionism’ are summarized and contrasted as alternative metatheories of social psychology and it is argued that the social identity concept embodies the latter. A social identity theory of group behaviour (and the individual-group relationship) is introduced and from it are derived… 
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