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Unformatted text preview: In-Groups 1Running Head: IN-GROUPSIn-Groups and the Groundwork of an IndividualNathaniel MorrisonNorth Carolina State UniversityProfessor Michael FischerEnglish 101Section 075October 4, 2007In-Groups 2Gordon Allport was a leader in the field of social psychology. His work, The Formation of In-Groups, gave light to the way we perceive ourselves related to the people and places we associate with. The basis of these claims of in- groups is that we want and need to belong to something we associate with, the crux of the matter is that the familiar provides the indispensable basis of our existence(Allport 171). Allports view on ones identity is that the people we are today is because of the in-groups we were a part of when we came into the world. These would be the in-groups of our parents and we are a product of their in-groups and the memberships beliefs. The reasoning behind why one would have a fulfilling groundwork and why they attach themselves so, is the fact that they are rewarded by the membership so that loyalty is created (Allport 171). Allports theory on this groundwork of ones self is closely related to my own personal experience dealing with attaching myself to where I was born, It is still, in part, the groundwork of his existence(Allport 171). With my personal experience comes an alternate conclusion as well. Although my groundwork and home in-groups are located in Chicago and cling to it, I still relate myself as being from charlotte as well. Allport states that even if you did not have a decent childhood, you still cling to where you grew up because that was were the groundwork of who you are is formed (Allport 171). Since my personal experience of moving happened in the middle of my childhood I relate myself to two areas not just one like Allport suggested. Allports central theory is the relationship of the individual to the in-group. Allport discusses how that familiarity keeps us safe and that our lives depend on it. He is bred from his parents in-groups and their views on things. The parents provide what is the called the groundwork of ones existence. The principle of the ground in human In-Groups 3learning is important (Allport 171). So the saying of we are a product of our parents is actually true. By being associated with their in-groups because we are their children makes us formulate the same ideology, religion, and caste ranking in life. The reason we are loyal and actually want to associate with our parents in-groups is that we are rewarded, and once that happens we usually dont leave the group unless something...
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