Group Identity and Social Comparisons

  • T. F. Pettigrew
Conference paper
Part of the Life Sciences Research Reports book series (DAHLEM, volume 27)


Most studies of minority identity have utilized black American children. Drawing on the diverse traditions of this research, four summary conclusions are advanced. Particularly relevant investigations of minority identity conducted on other groups are also reviewed, and they suggest two further conclusions about the generalization of these black American results. Implications are drawn for future research and social policy. To understand better how social policy shapes minority identity, a systematic program of cross-national studies of guestworkers in Western Europe is especially urged.


Social Comparison Group Identity Group Identification Racial Identity Black American Child 
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© Dr. S. Bernhard, Dahlem Konferenzen, Berlin 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. F. Pettigrew
    • 1
  1. 1.Stevenson CollegeUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

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