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Categorization in Social Psychology


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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

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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 Discipline from 2015-2017.

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