Psych M.D. - Outgroup


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Term: Outgroup
Definition (Myers):"them" - those perceived as different or apart from one's ingroup
Definition (alternative): group towards which another group feels contempt, opposition, or a desire to compete. [1]
Contextual explanation: Outgroup is a group of people who are different from one's ingroup (ingroup: "Us"- People whom one shares a common identity). Therefore this concept of outgroup can be defined based on religion, race, gender, culture, age, social status and so on.
For example, Racism is example of extreme outgroup & ingroup. White people considered themselves superior just because of their skin color, so they are the ingroup in their perspective. However, African Americans who has different skin color seemed inferior than the whites. Therefore, to the white people, African Americans were the outgroup.

The concept of outgroup rooted from prejudice, social inequalities etc. Extreme result of outgroup can be scapegoating where prejudice offers an outlet for anger by providing someone to blame.
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This is a video showing racism OR ingroup&outgroup.
White woman in this video (ingroup) sees a black man (outgroup)
who has different skin color.
She considers him different or apart from her group,
and she even feels intimidated and frustrated about this black man.










ingroup*outgroup cartoon[3]
Simple cartoon about ingroup and outgroup
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  1. Unknown. "Outgroup (sociology)." Outgroup (sociology). Wikipedia. Web. 2 Nov. 2009. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outgroup_%28sociology%29>.
  2. Racism in the Car. Dir. Unknown. Perf. Eric. Youtube:RecklessTortuga, 2008. Videocassette.<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZUHCLtnYFQ>.
  3. Lisa. INGROUP/OUTGROUP. Digital image. Sociological Images. Lisa, 16 Apr. 2008. Web. 2 Nov. 2009. <http://contexts.org/socimages/2008/04/16/in-group-out-group/>.
Edited by: Erica
Date of last edit: November 2, 2009



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