Title

How Are Social Identities Linked to Self-Conception and Intergroup Orientation? The Moderating Effect of Implicit Theories

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-2003

Abstract

Social identity approaches assume that social identification affects both self-conception and intergroup orientation. The authors contend that such social identification effects are accentuated when people hold a fixed view of human character and attribute immutable dispositions to social groups. To these individuals, social identities are immutable, concrete entities capable of guiding self-conception and intergroup orientation. Social identification effects are attenuated when people hold a malleable view of human character and thus do not view social identities as fixed, concrete entities. The authors tested and found support for this contention in three studies that were conducted in the context of the Hong Kong 1997 political transition, and discussed the findings in terms of their implications for self-conceptions and the meaning of social identification.

Keywords

social identification, intergroup orientation, self-conception, social identity, social groups

Discipline

Personality and Social Contexts | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Volume

85

Issue

6

First Page

1147

Last Page

1160

ISSN

0022-3514

Identifier

10.1037/0022-3514.85.6.1147

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.85.6.1147

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