group threat bleg

Question for you soc psych folks: What are the modern articles addressing threat and group identity? There’s an old essay by Simmel observing that solidarity increases within the group when there is perceived external threat. What are the canonical contemporary articles in this genre? Any apply to professional groups (e.g., occupational groups on the decline emphasize their distinctiveness)?

Written by fabiorojas

July 5, 2009 at 4:03 am

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  1. Randy Collins’s piece in Sociological Theory on presentation of patriotism after 9/11 comes to mind. He engages with Simmel directly and tries to test it, albeit informally.



    July 5, 2009 at 6:32 am

  2. Either and Deaux’s article is somewhat helpful. It may not apply directly to what you’re looking for, but it might help in some other way. I’ll have to delve into the “archives” on my computer to see what else I have available.

    Ethier, Kathleen A., and Kay Deaux. 1994. “Negotiating Social Identity When Contexts Change: Maintaining Identification and Responding to Threat.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 67:243-251.



    July 5, 2009 at 2:49 pm

  3. Elsbach and Kramer have an ASQ paper on this topic which also provides an overview of some relevant literatures.

    Elsbach, K.D., & Kramer, R.M. 1996. Members’ responses to organizational identity threats: Encountering and countering the Business Week rankings. Administrative Science Quarterly, 41, 442-476.

    While not focused specifically on the threat issue, the following AMR also provides a theoretical overview of the social identity space.

    Albert, S., Ashforth, B. E., & Dutton, J. E. 2000. Organizational identity and identification: Charting new waters and building new bridges. Academy of Management Review, 25: 13-17.



    July 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm

  4. Tony Oberschall and Hyo Kim had a nice piece the inaugeral issue of Mobilization.



    July 6, 2009 at 1:41 pm

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