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Social class and perception of social identity

Lalajants, A. (2017) Social class and perception of social identity.

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Abstract:This study attempted to expand the knowledge about social identity by focusing on groups people from different social classes participate in and the role of social class in the perception of social identity in the context of segregation. The expectation was that social identity complexity and entitativity act as mediators in the relationship between social class and social identity. In order to measure social class, the objective social class (based on participant’s educational and employment status) and subjective social class (participants’ idea of their social class) was measured. Also the social identity complexity was measured as descriptive (based on previous research) and subjective identity complexity (based on the theoretical framework of identity complexity and participants’ idea about their identity complexity). The study was carried out using an online survey focused on social class, identity complexity and entitativity of groups among 137 participants in the Dutch population. Regression analysis showed a significant effect of objective social class on subjective identity complexity and subjective social class on participation in entitativious groups. These results indicated that people’s perception of their social identity is influenced by their social class, which is mediated by the social identity complexity and participation in entitativious groups.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/72754
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