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Title: Morality and behavioural regulation in groups: a social identity approach
Authors: Ellemers, N.
Pagliaro, S.
Barreto, M.
Keywords: Morality
Intragroup regulation
Social identity
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor and Francis
Abstract: In recent years social psychologists have displayed a growing interest in examining morality-what people consider right and wrong. The majority of work in this area has addressed this either in terms of individual-level processes (relating to moral decision making or interpersonal impression formation) or as a way to explain intergroup relations (perceived fairness of status differences, responses to group-level moral transgressions). We complement this work by examining how moral standards and moral judgements play a role in the regulation of individual behaviour within groups and social systems. In doing this we take into account processes of social identification and self-categorisation, as these help us to understand how adherence to moral standards may be functional as a way to improve group-level conceptions of self. We review a recent research programme in which we have investigated the importance of morality for group-based identities and intra-group behavioural regulation. This reveals convergent evidence of the centrality of moral judgements for people's conceptions of the groups they belong to, and demonstrates the importance of group-specific moral norms in identifying behaviours that contribute to their identity as group members. Note: Published online in Dec 2013 but on paper only in 2014.
Description: WOS:000334034500005 (Nº de Acesso Web of Science)
Peer reviewed: Sim
ISSN: 1046-3283
Publisher version: The definitive version is available at:
Appears in Collections:CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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