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Metatheory: Lessons from social identity research

Abrams, Dominic, Hogg, Michael A. (2004) Metatheory: Lessons from social identity research. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 8 (2). pp. 98-106. ISSN 1088-8683. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:4103)

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The value of a metatheoretical perspective is illustrated using our work in the development of the social identity approach. A metatheory places specific research questions within a broader framework and encourages the integration of theorizing for a range of potentially disparate phenomena. It sets parameters for predictions by specific theories and contexts. Resistance to ideas and disputes among theorists often reflect differences in metatheories. However openness to debate and integration of concepts can turn these to advantage by posing new research questions. These issues are discussed with reference to European and North American perspectives on groups; theorizing about intergroup behavior motivation, and self-categorization; the connection between laboratory and real-world phenomena; and the linkage of intergroup and intragroup behavior.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Rosalind Beeching
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2008 10:53 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:42 UTC
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