|Title:||The Role of Social Identity Inclusiveness and Structure in Intergroup Relations: Individual and Contextual Differences in Ethnic and Religious Minority Group Members|
|Authors:||van Dommelen, Andrea|
|Publisher:||University of Sydney.|
Faculty of Science.
School of Psychology.
|Abstract:||This thesis proposes a conceptual and operational framework to examine how minority group members subjectively construe their ingroup. Four community studies were devised to test this framework, and to examine individual versus contextual differences in ingroup construals. Chapter 1 provides a critical analysis of existing models of multiple social identities. Subsequently, a new conceptual framework is proposed to assess how minority group members construe their ingroup in the context of multiple, cross-cutting group memberships. The subjective combination of multiple ingroups is described in terms of Social Identity Structure (SIS) and Inclusiveness (SII). Chapter 2 introduces a method, the Triple-Crossed Categorisation Task, to measure both constructs. The validity of SII and SIS is assessed in a sample of Turkish Australian Muslim adults (Chapter 3), and adolescents (Chapter 4). Both studies showed SII to be a valid construct, distinct from measures of identification, and positively related to outgroup contact. Moreover, eight different SIS’s were replicated across both studies, further attesting to the validity of the conceptual model. Importantly, across both studies, SII uniquely predicted attitudes toward a range of outgroups. The following chapters examine whether and how Turkish Australian Muslims alter their ingroup construals after exposure to a religious identity threat versus reassurance (Chapter 5), or to a religious versus ethnic identity threat (Chapter 6). In both experiments, SII was not affected by threat. The distribution of SIS’s did show some effects of threat, but the pattern was not consistent across studies. Finally, Chapter 7 discusses these findings in light of the individual and contextual factors surrounding minority members’ ingroup construals. The contributions to the study of multiple social identities, practical implications, limitations, and future directions are discussed as well.|
|Type of Work:||PhD Doctorate|
|Type of Publication:||Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D.|
|Appears in Collections:||Sydney Digital Theses (Open Access)|
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