Social Identity, System Justification, and Social Dominance: Commentary on Reicher, Jost et al., and Sidanius et al.
Article first published online: 10 NOV 2004
Volume 25, Issue 6, pages 823–844, December 2004
How to Cite
Rubin, M. and Hewstone, M. (2004), Social Identity, System Justification, and Social Dominance: Commentary on Reicher, Jost et al., and Sidanius et al. Political Psychology, 25: 823–844. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9221.2004.00400.x
- Issue published online: 10 NOV 2004
- Article first published online: 10 NOV 2004
- social identity theory;
- system justification theory;
- social dominance theory;
- ingroup favoritism;
- outgroup favoritism;
- intergroup discrimination
The articles by Reicher (2004), Jost, Banaji, and Nosek (2004), and Sidanius, Pratto, van Laar, and Levin (2004) discuss the strengths and weaknesses of social identity theory (Tajfel & Turner, 1979), system justification theory (Jost & Banaji, 1994), and social dominance theory (Sidanius, 1993). The latter two theories grew out of a critique of social identity theory, but this critique relates more to deficiencies in social identity research than to deficiencies in the theory itself. More balanced and comprehensive social identity research is required in order to allow a fair assessment of the theory’s limitations. In addition, Reicher (2004) and Huddy (2004) are correct that only social identity theory offers the potential for explaining social change and social stability.