Introduction - general overview of groups and their negative and positive influences Area for discussionLink to book
Growing up, influences on young people, conformity, social identities, stereotypes.Skateboarders Social interactions on identityKondo
Conformity and out of character actionsAsch
Group norm, conflict and working togetherSherif
Short conclusive paragraph with general summery on the topic of the assessment.
Part B – Essay
From early age, groups are thought to have influence on our behaviour. Groups can provide individuals with a sense of belonging and promote self-esteem whilst also encouraging prejudice and discrimination. We have multiple social identities which are displayed in social situations. I am a mother, a wife and a special needs teacher. My social identity varies for each of these roles and I behave in the way I perceive as the norm for each given social environment or ‘group’. In this assignment I will provide examples and evidence of how groups, whether friends. Family, work colleagues, ethnicity or religious, can influence people in both negative and positive ways. In our day to day life we see evidence of group pressure and conformity to be a part of the ‘in-group’. To be a member of this group rather than the ‘out-group’ you must conform to the norm for that group, to behave or dress in the way that they do. Janine Hunter (2006, cited in Spoors et al., 2011) described the ‘them and us’ thinking of these groups when she wrote about the skateboard culture among teenagers. She spoke of skateboarders dressing in a certain way, and the behaviours that the differing skateboarding inner groups adopted. The positive influence of this group culture can be a sense of belonging and camaraderie. The teenagers are linked via the clothing they wear and the stunts they perform. On...