Social identity performance: Extending the strategic side of SIDE

Olivier Klein*, Russell Spears, Stephen Reicher

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Abstract

This article extends the social identity model of deindividuation effects (SIDE) by considering the various ways in which relations of visibility to an audience can affect the public expression of identity-relevant norms (identity performance). It is suggested that social identity performance can fulfill two general functions: Affirming, conforming, or strengthening individual or group identities (the identity consolidation function) and persuading audiences into adopting specific behaviors (the mobilization function). The authors report evidence supporting these two functions of identity performance both in intragroup and intergroup contexts. They argue that through these functions, social identity performance plays a major role in the elaboration and coordination of social action. Finally, and building on this framework, the authors consider the ways through which social identity performance can be used in the very construction of social identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-45
Number of pages18
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology review
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2007

Keywords

  • social identity
  • self/identity
  • norms/social roles
  • COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION
  • SELF-PRESENTATION
  • COLLECTIVE ACTION
  • GROUP MEMBERS
  • BEHAVIORAL CONFIRMATION
  • POWER RELATIONS
  • INTERGROUP
  • THREAT
  • DEINDIVIDUATION
  • IDENTIFICATION

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