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Samuel L. Gaetner & John F. Dovidio

In: Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology

Chapter 48: The Common Ingroup Identity Model

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The Common Ingroup Identity Model
The common ingroup identity model
Abstract

This chapter reviews, from both a theoretical and personal perspective, the development of the common ingroup identity model, a social categorization-based perspective for reducing intergroup bias and improving intergroup relations. The model proposes that inducing members of different groups conceive of themselves as belonging to the same, more inclusive entity produces more positive beliefs, feelings, and behaviors toward one another. The chapter demonstrates the metamorphosis of our research interests from identifying a problem, aversive racism, to addressing the issue, the common ingroup identity model. First, we describe our personal journey leading to the development of the common ingroup identity model. Second, we discuss the model's historical intellectual roots and the empirical support for this point of ...

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