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Social Psychology Seminar

Social Psychology Seminar
3:00pm Monday, 18th May 2009
4:00pm Monday, 18th May 2009

On Monday May 18th Professor James H. Liu from the Centre for Applied
Cross-Cultural Research at the School of Psychology, Victoria University
of Wellington will deliver a social psychology seminar.   Jim's presentation is titled "Social
Dominance Theory and Self-Categorization Theory: From polemical conflict
towards theoretical synthesis" (abstract below).  Hope to see you there!

Following next Monday's talk, the social psychology seminar series will
continue on Friday May 29th, when Professor Di Bretherton from Melbourne
University will give a talk from 3-4pm in room 302-3 (Title TBA).

Social Dominance Theory and Self-Categorization Theory:
From polemical conflict towards theoretical synthesis

James H. Liu
Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research
School of Psychology
Victoria University of Wellington

Social Dominance Theory (SDT) arises out of a long tradition in social
psychology of relating prejudice and discrimination to stable individual
differences; recent integration of the theory's key variable Social
Dominance Orientation (SDO) with Right Wing Authoritarianism in the Dual
Process Model signals its centrality in this tradition.  By contrast,
identity salience, or a situationally variable rather than
cross-situationally consistent aspect of personhood is the central
determinant of prejudice and discrimination according to
Self-Categorization Theory.  This basic difference in conceptualizing
personhood led to a series of polemical encounters, particularly a
special issue of the British Journal of Social Psychology where Turner
declared SDT as having been falsified. This debate has had seminal
effects, however as more recent research has progressed towards
elaborating exactly what kind of individual difference SDO is: a
personality variable, a strong attitude, an ideology or what?  This talk
will review research on what SDO is, what it can do, and what its
limitations might be, focusing on the contextual salience findings of
Schmidt, Branscombe, & Kappen (2004) and Huang & Liu (2005), the
cross-situational consistency findings of Sibley & Liu (in press), the
societal change findings of Liu, Huang, & McFedries (2008), and the life
stage transition findings of Jetten & Iyer (in press).  A tentative
synthesis is proposed, where SDO is considered as a high-level schema
that makes sense of, or narratively configures the overall meaning of
the different aspects of inequality experienced in different domains of
a person's life.  Some possibilities for testing this proposition are
considered. It is hoped that this talk will stimulate spirited
discussion and future empirical collaboration between the SDT and SCT.

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