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Muzaffer Ercan Yılmaz – Social Identity and Social Conflicts


This work provides an analytical discussion for inter-group conflicts within the framework of social identity phenomenon, which is a rather neglected dimension of social conflict. Based on a vast review of social identity literature, the article emphasizes that the perspective of social identity offers a useful tool for understanding and explaining many social-psychological aspects of social conflicts. By itself, however, it may be inadequate to capture the complexity of inter-group relations. It is stressed that research is especially needed on the issue of how and under what conditions in-group favoritism and out-group discrimination manifest themselves in overt conflicts.

Key Words: Social Identity, Social Conflict, Conflict, Ethnocentrism, Inter-group Conflict


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