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In-Groups, Out-Groups, and Social Identity Theory

In-Groups, Out-Groups, and Social Identity Theory

Author: Craig Coletta

At the end of this tutorial, the learner will understand how adherence to group norms establishes in- and out- groups and will be able to relate this to Social Identity Theory.

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Terms to Know

A person's sense of belonging to and drawing part of his identity from a group.


A person's sense of self; the way an individual defines himself or herself.


A group in which a given person defines herself or himself a member.


A group in which a given person does not define himself or herself a member.

Social Identity Theory

A theory dealing with how individuals and groups develop a sense of identity and relate to other groups in terms of their sense of identity, evaluating the in-group in terms of the out-group.