Social Identity And Collective Identity

1239 Words Jul 30th, 2016 5 Pages
Social Psychology Essay During the early 1960’s South Africa has been inundated with a long history of protests. Hence, using Social Identity Theory (SIT) this essay aims to explore the notion of protest in relation to Social Identity and Collective Identity. Firstly, the essay will comprise of how groups are formulated, leading towards a discussion of SIT, and lastly, applying the theory to the #FEESMUSTFALL protest in South Africa.
Individuals defined by the three aspects of the “self”, which are the personal, social and the relational self. The personal self reflects one’s individualistic characteristics, values and attitudes. The relational self, is the self who develops while interconnecting with different people and their different relationships. However, the social self, is an assemblage of social selves, who are divergent in different social circumstances, allowing to identity itself with regards to social group; such identity works to embolden and protect social identity. There are three types of group in which the social self is developed, namely, the incidental group which is essentially where few people congregate for generally brief timeframe with nominal involvement, such as a training session. Membership groups are characterized by being a member, in which participation is voluntary; working towards the group’s objective, such as work-based groups. Thirdly, identity-reference group is when individual shares common norms, values and experiences which embroils…
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