Social categorization

Craig McGarty, Kenneth I. Mavor, Daniel P Skorich

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Categorization is a process by which people make sense of things by working out similarities and differences. Social categorisation is especially important because it explains the way that people make sense of other people and themselves. Studying social categorization helps us to understand the way that people perceive groups and form impressions of individuals. The big ongoing question in the study of social categorization relates to whether this is a process that works primarily by reducing information overload or generating new information.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral sciences
EditorsJ. D. Wright
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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