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Advances in Psychological Science    2012, Vol. 20 Issue (8) : 1314-1321     DOI:
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The Entitativity of Social Group: Retrospect and Prospect
YANG Xiao-Li;LIU Li;LI Qiong;WAN Mei-Na
(1The Academy of Educational Science, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070, China)
(2School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University; Beijing Key Lab of Applied Experimental Psychology, Beijing 100875, China)
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Abstract  The entitativity of social groups refers to the degree to which groups are perceived to be a significantly substantive entity. Entitativity is influenced by percipient, social contexts and cultural factors. It has important consequences on intergroup relations; It affects ingroup identification, stereotypes, bias and group conflict. Group entitativity is not either a positive or a negative group attribute per se; rather, it depends on the context and the relationship between the perceiver and the group. The future researches should focus on how to enhance the positiveness of group entitativity, and how to strengthen entitativity studies in Chinese culture context, so as to achieve a harmonious society in China.
Keywords social groups      entitativity      intergroup relations     
Corresponding Authors: LIU Li   
Issue Date: 15 August 2012
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YANG Xiao-Li,LIU Li,LI Qiong, et al. The Entitativity of Social Group: Retrospect and Prospect[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2012, 20(8): 1314-1321.
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