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Categorization in Social Psychology

Categorization in Social Psychology

December 1999 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Categorization in Social Psychology offers a major introduction to the study of categorization, looking especially at links between categorization in cognitive and social psychology.

In a highly readable and accessible style, the author covers all the main approaches to categorization in social psychology that a student might come across, including: biased stimulus processing, construct actviation, self-categorization, explanation-based, social judgeability and assimilation/contrast approaches. It is a wide-ranging and up-to-date treatment of concepts from cognitive as well as social psychology.

Some Starting Assumptions
Perceivers' Perspectives and Social Consensus

Categorization and Cognition I
Introducing Category Function and Structure

Categorizationand Cognition II
Category Learning, Formation and Use

The Categorization Process in Social Psychology I
Biased Stimulus Processing and Knowledge Activation

Categorization as Meaning Creation I
Self-Categorization Theory and Some Other Developments

Categorization as Meaning Creation II
Other Sense-Making Approaches

Contrasting Perspectives on Motivated Relative Perception
Group Variability and Consistency
The Constraints of the Social Context on Categorization
Categorization, Covariation and Causal Explanation
Categorization as Explanation


This is a great, in depth of a topic very relevant to my course. I have set it as a recommended reading and I envision it will be read by third years and masters students who choose to write their assignment on this topic.

Dr Rose Meleady
School of Psychology, University of East Anglia
September 9, 2013

This is an extremely useful textbook for teaching social psychology. Some of the research is a bit outdated. It is well written, and provides a comprehensive overview of the field.

Dr Anna Kende
Department of Educational and Social Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University
March 12, 2013

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