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Critically compare explanations of minority influence from Turner’s self-categorisation theory and Moscovici’s conversion theory

PSYH1031 Take Home Exam

Advanced Social Psychology


You must answer the following two questions below (Question 1 and 2) make sure to fully read and answer each question. You must refer to relevant theory and research in your answer. For each question format must include two theories and four experiments in your answers. If you only include theory or just research you will not gain marks. When referring to theory include the explanation not just the predictions. When discussing research make sure to stress why the results are important – what are the implications for a particular theory? Materials must be accurate, with he correct in citations and references list using APA 7th. You will receive extra credit for including references not used in class. Each essay question should be 1000 words with a minimum of 15 references per essay question. Please ensure to evaluate key terms as if the reader has no idea about the subject.

Question 1: Critically compare explanations of minority influence from Turner’s self-categorisation theory and Moscovici’s conversion theory (1000 words).

References to include:

Turner self categorisation theory

Butera F., Falomir-Pichastor, J, Mugny, G, & Quiamzade, A, (2016). Minority Influence. The Oxford Handbook of Social Influence. Edited by  Harkins, Williams, and Burger

David, B., & Turner, T. C. (1996). Studies in self-categorization and minority conversion: Is being a member of the out-group an advantage? British Journal of Social Psychology, 35(1), 179-199.

Oakes, Haslem and Turner (1991)

Tajfel and Turner (1986) – Empirical evidence

Question 2: Prejudice reduction or social change? Discuss the roles of the majority group and the role of the minority group in achieving equal intergroup relations. Present and evaluate evidence to support your answer (1000 words).

Moscovici Conversion Theory (1976) 

Birtel, M. D, Reimer, N. K., Wölfer R., & Hewstone, M. (2019). Change in ethnic diversity and intergroup relations: The transition from segregated to mixed school for majority and minority students. European Journal of Social Psychology. Online First.

Dixon, J., Levine, M., Reicher, S., & Durrheim, K. (2012). Beyond prejudice: Are negative evaluations the problem and is getting us to like one another more the solution? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35, 411-425.

Shelton, J. N. (2003). Interpersonal concerns in social encounters between majority and minority group members. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 6, 171-185.

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