The Info List - Ingroups And Outgroups

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In sociology and social psychology , an INGROUP is a social group to which a person psychologically identifies as being a member. By contrast, an OUTGROUP is a social group with which an individual does not identify. For example, people may find it psychologically meaningful to view themselves according to their race , culture , gender , age or religion . It has been found that the psychological membership of social groups and categories is associated with a wide variety of phenomena.

The terminology was made popular by Henri Tajfel and colleagues during his work in formulating social identity theory . The significance of ingroup and outgroup categorization was identified using a method called the minimal group paradigm . Tajfel and colleagues found that people can form self-preferencing ingroups within a matter of minutes and that such groups can form even on the basis of seemingly trivial characteristics, such as preferences for certain paintings.


* 1 Associated phenomena

* 1.1 In-group favoritism * 1.2 Outgroup derogation * 1.3 Social influence * 1.4 Group polarization * 1.5 Group homogeneity

* 2 Postulated role in human evolution * 3 See also * 4 References


The psychological categorization of people into ingroup and outgroup members is associated with a variety of phenomena. The following examples have all received a great deal of academic attention.


Main article: In-group favoritism

This refers to the fact that under certain conditions people will prefer and have affinity for one’s ingroup over the outgroup, or anyone viewed as outside the ingroup. This can be expressed in one's evaluation of others, linking, allocation of resources and many other ways.


Discrimination between ingroups and outgroups is a matter of favoritism towards an ingroup and the absence of equivalent favoritism towards an outgroup. Outgroup derogation is the phenomenon in which an outgroup is perceived as being threatening to the members of an ingroup. This phenomenon often accompanies ingroup favoritism, as it requires one to have an affinity towards their ingroup. Some research suggests that outgroup derogation occurs when an outgroup is perceived as blocking or hindering the goals of an ingroup. It has also been argued that outgroup derogation is a natural consequence of the categorization process.


Main article: Social influence

People have been shown to be differentially influenced by ingroup members. That is, under conditions where group categorization is psychologically salient people will shift their beliefs in line with ingroup social norms .


Main article: Group polarization

This generally refers to the tendency of groups to make decisions that are more extreme than the initial inclination of its members, although polarization toward the most central beliefs has also been observed. It has been shown that this effect is related to a psychologically salient ingroup and outgroup categorization.


Main article: Outgroup homogeneity

Categorization of people into social groups increases the perception that group members are similar to one another. An outcome of this is the outgroup homogeneity effect. This refers to the perception of members of an outgroup as being homogenous, while members of one's ingroup are perceived as being diverse, e.g. "they are alike; we are diverse”.

* Allosemitism * Amity-Enmity Complex * Antilocution * Ambivalent prejudice * Autarky * Bandwagon effect * Benevolent prejudice * Cultural identity * Cronyism * Collective narcissism * Common ingroup identity * Endogamy * Elitism * False consensus effect * Groupthink * Hostile prejudice * Insider * Microculture * Nepotism * Prejudice * Scapegoating * Sexism * Shibboleth * Social class * Social dominance orientation * Subculture * Uchi-soto


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