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Chapter 9: Interobjectivity: The Collective Roots of Individual Consciousness and Social Identity
The Mind of the universe is social. (Marcus Aurelius, 180/1964, p. 88)
The three arguments developed in this chapter are related through their common support for a more social approach in psychology. By “more social” I mean an approach that reflects the collective processes associated with the collaboratively constructed and mutually upheld nature of social reality (following Bruner, 1986; Harré, 2002; see also Postmes, Baray, Haslam, Morton, & Swaab, Chapter 12 in this volume). First, I argue that social identity theory (Tajfel & Turner, 1979) is compatible with a cultural account of behavior. Second, I contend that the conception of the individual central to social identity ...