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Key Words
social identity, collective action, self-efficacy, perceived injustice

Background / Metatheory:

The Social Identity Theory of Collective Action is one of the derivates of Social Identity Theory (Tajfel & Turner, 1986). The purpose of the theory is to explain when people engage in collective action.

Terms & Definitions:
  • collective_action - individual behavior as representative of a group to improve group conditions
  • ingroup_identification - individual’s perception of their identity as closely connected to the ingroup
  • perceived_group_efficacy - individual expectation of whether collective action as a group would be effective in improving the group conditions
  • perceived_injustice - individual perception of unfair group inequality

Scope Conditions:
  1. ingroup must be a preexisting group
  2. ingroup must be a group that becomes structurally or incidentally disadvantaged
  1. the more ingroup identification, the more collective action
  2. the more perceived injustice, the more collective action
  3. the more perceived group efficacy, the more collective action
  1. ingroup identification, perceived injustice and perceived group efficacy must be present for collective action
Van Zomeren, M., Postmes, T., & Spears, R. (2008). Toward an integrative social identity model of collective action: A quantitative research synthesis of three socio-psychological perspectives. Psychological bulletin, 134(4), 504.