Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Psychological Groups and Political Psychology: A Response to Huddy’s “Critical Examination of Social Identity Theory”

Buy Article:

$59.00 + tax (Refund Policy)

In a recent article in this journal, Leonie Huddy (2001) asks whether the social identity approach developed by Tajfel, Turner, and their collaborators can “advance the study of identity within political science” (p. 128). She concludes that “various shortcomings and omissions in its research program” (p. 128) hinder the application of the approach to political phenomena. This paper presents a response to Huddy’s evaluation of the social identity approach. Several aspects of her account of social identity work are challenged, especially her suggestion that it ignores subjective aspects of group membership. The interpretation of the minimal group paradigm is discussed in detail, as are issues of identity choice, salience, and variations in identity strength. The treatment of groups as process in social identity theory and self–categorization theory is given particular emphasis.
No References
No Citations
No Supplementary Data
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: identity salience; identity strength; political groups; political psychology; self–categorization; social identity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: The Australian National University

Publication date: December 1, 2002

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more