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dc.contributor.advisorDurrheim, Kevin.
dc.creatorMutezo, Melody Eileen.
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-06T07:34:27Z
dc.date.available2017-02-06T07:34:27Z
dc.date.created2015
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10413/14015
dc.descriptionMaster of Arts in Psychology. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg 2015.en_US
dc.description.abstractStudies that have been done on minimal group interactions predominantly focused on either on Social Identity theory or Realistic Conflict theory only. This study aimed to establish that both Realistic Conflict theory and Social Identity theory are complimentary theories, they both address the aspects which the other does not emphasize. To examine this, the minimal group study was replicated and expanded using a virtual environment setting to examine the effect of the nature of incentive on the development in-group favouritism. The study also compared how the level of in-group giving differs between the two incentive conditions when the groups are unequal. Additionally, because both realistic Conflict theory and Social Identity theory are group-orientated theories, the researchers were determined to examine if the assumptions of Realistic Conflict theory and Social Identity theory can be used to account for the influence that the nature of incentive have on in-group giving in inter-individual interaction. Furthermore, the study examined how the presence of the option to self-give affect patterns of interaction in minimal group context. The results revealed that the level of in-group favouritism is dependent upon the nature of incentive and that status categories impact on the level of in-group favouritism in a different manner. Furthermore, the results showed that there is less in-group favouritism in inter-individual interaction compared to intergroup relations. In terms of self-giving, the results indicated that participants engaged in in-group giving more than in self-giving. In summary, the results of this study shows that both Realistic Conflict theory and Social Identity theory are useful to understand the emergence of in-group favouritism in minimal group interaction because on one hand Social Identity theory explains in-group favouritism that occurs when there is no substantial gain for both parties in interaction whilst Realistic Conflict theory accounts for the increase of ingroup favouritism when the end result entails a win for one group and a loss for another.en_US
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_US
dc.subjectSocial groups -- South Africa.en_US
dc.subjectGroup identity -- South Africa.en_US
dc.subjectSocial surveys -- South Africa.en_US
dc.subjectSocial stratification -- South Africa.en_US
dc.subjectTheses -- Psychology.en_US
dc.subjectRealistic conflict theory.en_US
dc.subjectMinimal group paradigm.en_US
dc.subject.otherSymbolic incentive.en_US
dc.subject.otherMonetary incentive.en_US
dc.subject.otherDeindividuation.en_US
dc.subject.otherIn-group favouritism.en_US
dc.titleExploring the value of realistic conflict theory and social identity theory for understanding in-group giving in the minimal group paradigm.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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