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.
Chapter 9: The Constraints of the Social Context on Categorization
The Constraints of the Social Context on Categorization
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 ...