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The distinctiveness principle : identity, meaning, and the bounds of cultural relativity


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Vignoles, V. L., Chryssochoou, X. and Breakwell, G. M., 2000. The distinctiveness principle : identity, meaning, and the bounds of cultural relativity. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 4 (4), pp. 337-354.

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Abstract

Extending theories of distinctiveness motivation in identity (Breakwell, 1987; Brewer, 1991; Snyder & Fromkin, 1980), we discuss the precise role of distinctiveness in identity processes and the cross-cultural generality of the distinctiveness principle. We argue that (a) within Western cultures, distinctiveness is necessaryfor the construction of meaning within identity, and (b) the distinctiveness principle is not incompatible with non-Western cultural systems. We propose a distinction among three sources of distinctiveness: position, difference, and separateness, with different implications for identity and behavior. These sources coexist within cultures, on both individual and group levels of selfrepresentation, but they may be emphasized differently according to culture and context.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsVignoles, V. L., Chryssochoou, X. and Breakwell, G. M.
DOI10.1207/S15327957PSPR0404_4
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
University Administration & Central Services > Vice-Chancellor's Office
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code1345

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