Social identity on a national scale: Optimal distinctiveness and young people’s self-expression through musical preference

Abrams, Dominic (2009) Social identity on a national scale: Optimal distinctiveness and young people’s self-expression through musical preference. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Special Issue on Music, Harmony and Discord in Intergroup Relations, 12 (3 Spec). pp. 303-317. ISSN 1368-4302 . (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

Optimal distinctiveness theory (ODT) and self-categorization theory hold that association with moderately distinctive, rather than general or unique, social categories should be more central to self-conception. Study 1 analyzes objective and self-report behavioural indicators from a representative sample of 2,624 18-21 year olds. Consistent with ODT, respondents preferring styles of music with intermediate levels, rather than unique or general levels, of objective popularity reported investing more resources in, and stronger behavioural commitment to, their music identity. Study 2, using 49 students from the same age cohort, confirmed that perceived popularity was related to objective popularity independent of familiarity with each style. In line with ODT, the distinctiveness of young people's musical affiliations appears to contribute to their social identity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: music; optimal distinctiveness; social identity; young people
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Anna Johns
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2010 13:46
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 07:56
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23652 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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