This book brings together an international selection of prominent researchers at the forefront of this development. They reflect on the issue of individuality in the group and on how thinking about social identity has changed. Together, these chapters chart a key development in the field: how social identity perspectives inform understanding of cohesion, unity and collective action, but also how they help us understand individuality, agency, autonomy, disagreement, and diversity within groups.

The Individual within the Group: Respect!

The individual within the group: Respect!
RussellSpears, NaomiEllemers, BertjanDoosje and Nyla R.Branscombe

Respect (Ali G.)

I don't get no respect (R. Dangerfield)

In this chapter we use the concept of respect to address questions of the “individual within the group”, and reveal its intrinsic relation to the “group within the individual”. In the process we try to demonstrate the group basis for the fundamental need to belong (Baumeister & Leary, 1995). We use this issue to address the major (meta)theoretical themes of this volume and argue that the (relative) failure of the social identity tradition to tackle the question of the individual within the group is ironically partly a legacy of its success in addressing the group within the individual. We propose that research ...

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