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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.

The Constraints of the Social Context on Categorization
The constraints of the social context on categorization
CraigMcGarty and Diana M.Grace
A. Distinguishing Social Categorization from Social Identification and Social Self-Esteem

A continuing theme in social identity research is the problem of distinguishing the concepts of social categorization, social identification and social self-esteem. Conceptually, seeing oneself as being the same as some class of persons and different from others is distinguishable from feeling one belongs to a group and feeling good about oneself as a group member. This is the case even though social categorization is a necessary precondition for social identification and social self-esteem. We cannot feel we belong to a group without acknowledging the existence of that group in some sense.

Although correlation does not imply causation, causation ...

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