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September 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.

 
PART ONE: COGNITIVE AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO CATEGORIZATION
 
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
 
PART TWO: SOME EXPLORATIONS IN SOCIAL CATEGORIZATION
 
Group Variability and Consistency
 
The Constraints of the Social Context on Categorization
 
Categorization, Covariation and Causal Explanation
 
Conclusion
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 Some of the research is a bit outdated.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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Craig McGarty

Craig McGarty, School of Social Sciences and Psychology Western Sydney University. Craig McGarty is a social and political psychologist whose main work is on intergroup relations especially social identity, collective action, group-based emotions and stereotype formation. He worked for 16 years at ANU where he was Head of the School of Psychology before moving to Murdoch University in 2007 to become Director of the Centre for Social and Community Research and then to become Director for the Social Research Institute. In 2014 he moved to Western Sydney University as Professor of Psychology serving as Head of the Psychology... More About Author

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