Chapter 2. Social Identity Complexity and Acceptance of Diversity

  1. Richard J. Crisp
  1. Marilynn B. Brewer

Published Online: 15 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444325447.ch2

The Psychology of Social and Cultural Diversity

The Psychology of Social and Cultural Diversity

How to Cite

Brewer, M. B. (2010) Social Identity Complexity and Acceptance of Diversity, in The Psychology of Social and Cultural Diversity (ed R. J. Crisp), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444325447.ch2

Editor Information

  1. University of Kent, UK

Author Information

  1. University of New South Wales, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 JUL 2010

Book Series:

  1. Social Issues and Interventions

Book Series Editors:

  1. Marilynn B. Brewer

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405195621

Online ISBN: 9781444325447



  • social identity - social identity complexity and diversity acceptance;
  • salient ingroup–outgroup differentiation - and range of group behavior;
  • dominant ingroup–outgroup distinction - conditions of novelty or uncertainty;
  • social identity complexity concepts - individual's cognitive representation of own ingroups;
  • crosscutting group membership - insufficient to reduce ingroup bias and intergroup discrimination;
  • cross-cutting identities - objective vs. subjective representations;
  • multiple group memberships, reducing importance of social identity;
  • social identity complexity concept - subjective structure of multiple group identities;
  • social identity complexity and experiential bases;
  • social identity complexity, chronic awareness of cross-categorization


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Crosscutting Identities: Objective vs. Subjective Representations

  • Social Identity Complexity Theory

  • Measuring Social Identity Complexity: Perceived Membership Overlap

  • Motives Underlying Social Identity Complexity

  • Experiential Bases of Social Identity Complexity

  • Social Identity Complexity and Intergroup Relations

  • Implications for Pluralistic Societies and Public Policy

  • References