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

Lauren Keblusek, Howard Giles, Anne Maass

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)632-643
Number of pages12
JournalGroup Processes and Intergroup Relations
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • boundary-crossing
  • clothing
  • intergroup communication
  • language
  • norm talk
  • stereotyping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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