Morality and behavioural regulation in groups: A social identity approach
European Review of Social Psychology
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Review of Social Psychology, 7th October 2013, available online:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10463283.2013.841490#.VUIyQydwbcs
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. © 2013 © 2013 European Association of Social Psychology.
Copyright © 2013 European Association of Social Psychology
Vol. 24, Iss. 1, pp. 160 - 193