Predicting the paths of peripherals: The interaction of identification and future possibilities

J Jetten*, NR Branscombe, R Spears, BM McKimmie

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Abstract

Two studies investigated how both degree of identification and the individual's position within the group influence aspects of group loyalty. The authors considered ingroup position in terms of both the individual's current position within a group and expectations concerning the likelihood that one's position might change., in the future. Peripheral group members learned that their acceptance by other group members would improve in the future or that they could expect rejection by other group members. Various indices of group loyalty (ingroup homogeneity, motivation to work for the group, and evaluation of a motivated group member) showed that when group members anticipated future rejection, the lower the identification the less loyal they were. In contrast, those who expected future acceptance were more loyal (more motivated to work for the group) the lower their identification. Current group behavior depends on both intragroup future expectations and level of identification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-140
Number of pages11
JournalPersonality and social psychology bulletin
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2003

Keywords

  • IN-GROUP IDENTIFICATION
  • COLLECTIVE SELF-ESTEEM
  • OUT-GROUP HOMOGENEITY
  • SOCIAL IDENTITY
  • GROUP PROTOTYPICALITY
  • GROUP MEMBERS
  • THREAT
  • CATEGORIZATION
  • DETERMINANTS
  • DISTINCTIVENESS

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