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Social Identity Theory

  • By: Wind Goodfriend & Natalie Smoak
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Social Identity Theory (SIT), originally developed by Henri Tajfel and John Turner, suggests that people maintain or boost self-esteem by valuing groups in which they are a member (ingroups) and by devaluing groups to which they do not belong ...

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