Group interaction as the crucible of social identity formation : a glimpse at the foundations of social identities for collective action
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Many of the world’s biggest problems are being tackled through the formation of new groups yet very little research has directly observed the processes by which new groups form to respond to social problems. The current paper draws on seminal research by Lewin (1947) to advance a perspective as to how such identities form through processes of small group interaction. Multi-level structural equation modelling involving 58 small group discussions (with N = 234) demonstrates that focused group discussion can boost the commitment to take collective action, beliefs in the efficacy of that action and members’ social identification with other supporters of the cause. The results are consistent with the new commitment to action flowing from emergent social identities.
Thomas , E , McGarty , C & Mavor , K 2016 , ' Group interaction as the crucible of social identity formation : a glimpse at the foundations of social identities for collective action ' Group Processes and Intergroup Relations , vol 19 , no. 2 , pp. 137-151 . DOI: 10.1177/1368430215612217
Group Processes and Intergroup Relations
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DescriptionThis research was supported by the Australian Research Council (DE120101029 to the first author and DP0770731 to the second author).
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