Ch 1: Social Identity & Categorization Theories

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Social Identity & Categorization Theories - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our expert instructors cover social identity and categorization theories in a clear and easy-to-follow way. Some of the topics covered include human grouping, social categorization and the innate need to belong. As you're working through the lessons or before moving on to new topics, take the multiple-choice quizzes to ensure you're understanding these social identity concepts. The Dashboard provides an easy way to submit your questions to an instructor and keep tabs on your progress as you complete the chapter. Once you finish the lessons, you should be able to do the following:

  • Define self identity and the theory associated with it
  • Provide examples of the social identity theory
  • Explain the theory of social categorization
  • Discuss identity and human grouping from cultural, gendered, racial and ethnic perspectives
  • Outline the human need to belong

5 Lessons in Chapter 1: Social Identity & Categorization Theories
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Self Identity: Theory & Definition

1. Self Identity: Theory & Definition

Self-identity plays a large and significant role in shaping each of our lives. Learn about self-identity in psychology, and test your understanding with a quiz.

Social Identity Theory: Definition and Examples

2. Social Identity Theory: Definition and Examples

We all have conceptual thoughts about who we are and what our own identity is. Those same thoughts can apply to our self concepts when we look at the groups we belong to and our own internal self identity. In this lesson we will explore these aspects and delve deeper into social identity theory.

Social Categorization: Theory and Definition

3. Social Categorization: Theory and Definition

As an important element of social identity theory, social categorization has a significant influence on how we perceive and understand ourselves and those around us. Through this lesson, you will learn how to define social categorization and gain insight into how it fits into the larger social identity theory.

Identity and Human Grouping: Cultural, Ethnic, Racial & Gender

4. Identity and Human Grouping: Cultural, Ethnic, Racial & Gender

This lesson will seek to explain the different human groupings of culture, race, ethnicity, and gender. In doing so, it will discuss how these terms are and are not tied to biological and physical traits.

The Human Need to Belong

5. The Human Need to Belong

Humans have a need to belong and form relationships. This lesson will discuss why this need is important, where it may have come from, and what happens when it isn't being met.

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