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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.

Group Variability and Consistency
Group variability and consistency

Whereas Part I was a wide-ranging coverage of the field of categorization, this chapter and the next two have a more modest aim. I propose to address a series of scientific problems in the social categorization literature and suggest some steps towards solutions. The selection of the topics is driven by my own interests, certainly, but also by my judgement that these are the areas which are ripe for advances. Having said that, the ideas addressed are generally more complex than those in Part I.

In this chapter I look at an interrelated set of issues to do with perceptions of the coherence of social groups. By coherence I am referring to both the variability of social groups and the ...

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