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Categorization in Social Psychology offers a major introduction to the study of categorization, looking especially at links between categorization in cognitive and social psychology. In a highly readable and accessible style, the author covers all the main approaches to categorization in social psychology that a student might come across, including: biased stimulus processing, construct actviation, self-categorization, explanation-based, social judgeability and assimilation//contrast approaches. It is a wide-ranging and up-to-date treatment of concepts from cognitive as well as social psychology.

Contrasting Perspectives on Motivated Relative Perception
Contrasting perspectives on motivated relative perception

In the previous three chapters I have contrasted approaches based on the principles of selective attention and of sense-making or knowledge creation. As a structure on which to hang a treatment of divergent perspectives on categorization, however, this starts to look somewhat shaky. Although the principles of selective attention and of knowledge creation provide a contrast there is also overlap on these dimensions.

For example, few if any social cognitive theorists would disagree that the function of categorization is sense-making. Does this mean that there is no fundamental disagreement in social psychology over categorization?

I think the easiest way to make the oppositions clear is to examine the questions that are sensible to ask from the ...

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