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.

Reconciling Individuality and the Group

Reconciling individuality and the group
TomPostmes and JolandaJetten

I have no grand theory to offer … and I am nearly convinced that a grand “theory of social behaviour” is not possible. (Tajfel, 1972, p. 115)

There is no doubt that the dual theories of social identity and self-categorization have grown immensely over the past decades. This growth has been the effort not of a single person or research group, but of an increasingly diverse group of scholars. Some of these were students and colleagues of Henri Tajfel or John Turner, many were students of their students, and large numbers (like us) came to the theories from different quarters. It is a testament to the strength of these theories that they were able to ...

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