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Communication and group life: How language and symbols shape intergroup relations

  • Author(s): Keblusek, Lauren
  • Giles, Howard
  • Maass, Anne
  • et al.

In this article, we review the different functions that language and symbols (in particular clothing) fulfill in group life; language and clothing are rarely, if ever, discussed together in the same conceptual space. Our review includes a consideration of how social identities are communicated and discredited, boundaries crossed, and group norms established, maintained, and regulated. Throughout, we integrate motivational and social-cognitive approaches, ending with proposals for future research and theory in intergroup communication.

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