The Development of the Social Self / Edition 1

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Drawing upon the perspective of social identity theory, this book is concerned with the acquisition and development of children's social identities. In contrast to previous work on self-development, which has focused primarily on the development of the personal self, this volume makes a case for the importance of the study of the social self-that is, the self as defined through group memberships, such as gender, ethnicity, and nationality. A broad range of identity-related issues are addressed, such as ingroup identification, conceptions of social identities, prejudice, and the central role of social context. Based on contributions from leading researchers in Europe, Australia and the US, the book summarizes the major research programs conducted to date. Furthermore, the closing chapters provide commentary on this research and map directions for future research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841692944
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Bennett is a Reader in Developmental Psychology at the University of Dundee, Scotland.
Fabio Sani is a Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Dundee, Scotland

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Table of Contents

List of tables
List of figures
List of contributors
1 Introduction: Children and social identity 1
2 The development of a sense of "we": The emergence and implications of children's collective identity 29
3 Developmental aspects of social identity 77
4 Gender as a social category: Intergroup processes and gender-role development 103
5 The gender wars: A self-categorisation theory perspective on the development of gender identity 135
6 The development of national identity and social identity processes: Do social identity theory and self-categorisation theory provide useful heuristic frameworks for developmental research? 159
7 Ethnic identity and social context 189
8 Social identity processes and children's ethnic prejudice 219
9 The development and self-regulation of intergroup attitudes in children 247
10 Reducing stepfamily conflict: the importance of inclusive social identity 267
11 The development of social identity: What develops? 291
12 Towards a developmental social psychology of the social self 313
Author index 327
Subject index 335
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