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Leading theoreticians and researchers present current thinking about the role played by group memberships in people's sense of who they are and what they are worth. The chapters build on the assumption, developed out of social identity theory, that people create a social self that both defines them and shapes their attitudes and behaviors. The authors address new developments in the theoretical frameworks through which we understand the social self, recent research on the nature of the social self, and recent findings about the influence of social context upon the development and maintenance of the social self.
Contents: T.R. Tyler, R.M. Kramer, O.P. John, Introduction: What Does Studying the Psychology of the Social Self Have to Offer to Psychologists? Part I:Theoretical Perspectives. J.C. Turner, R.S. Onorato, Social Identity, Personality, and the Self-Concept: A Self-Categorization Perspective. B. Simon, A Place in the World: Self and Social Categorization. M.B. Brewer, C.L. Pickett, Distinctiveness Motives as a Source of the Social Self. Part II:The Nature of the Social Self. K. Deaux, A. Reid, K. Mizrahi, D. Cotting, Connecting the Person to the Social: The Functions of Social Identification. B.W. Pelham, J.J. Hetts, Implicit and Explicit Personal and Social Identity: Toward a More Complete Understanding of the Social Self. R.M. Kramer, J. Wei, Social Uncertainty and the Problem of Trust in Social Groups: The Social Self in Doubt. Part III:Social Context and the Social Self. J. Crocker, H. Blanton, Social Inequality and Self-Esteem: The Moderating Effects of Social Comparison, Legitimacy, and Contingencies of Self-Esteem. S.K. Su, C-Y. Chiu, Y-Y. Hong, K. Leung, K. Peng, M.W. Morris, Self-Organization and Social Organization: U.S. and Chinese Constructions. T.R. Tyler, H.J. Smith, Justice, Social Identity, and Group Processes.