The impact of context on social identification: examining the effects of leadership and social roles

Cotler, Joseph Howard (2018). The impact of context on social identification: examining the effects of leadership and social roles. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This thesis aims to extend the current understanding of social identity theory (Tajfel & Turner, 1979), investigating aspects of group contexts (Brown & Abrams, 1986) and its implications. Some common contexts, prevalent in the literature, have been selected. These include: intergroup and intragroup contexts, social roles (Turner, 1990) extending to aspects of leader/follower perceptions (Cicero, Pierro & van Knippenberg, 2010), and newly-formed versus established group context (Lickel, Hamilton & Sherman, 2001). As such, the thesis is divided into six chapters, of which four are dedicated to the presentation of the empirical data. The first two studies focus on understanding and examining the development of a social identity between new and established groups, in the context of British university students. The last two studies are dedicated to understanding developed identification in established groups, and the effects of leaders as special group members, on that identification. Together these two programmes provide further understanding of context within social identity theory, and the impact of social roles within groups.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology


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