Driven to Exclude: How Core Social Motives Explain Social Exclusion

Michael S. North and Susan T. Fiske

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Exclusion

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780195398700
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Driven to Exclude: How Core Social Motives Explain Social Exclusion

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This chapter explores how social exclusion operates via core social motives: Belonging, Understanding, Controlling, Enhancing Self, and Trusting Others (BUC[K]ET; Fiske, 2010a ). Within this framework, we explore how people’s desire to fulfill each motive with the in-group fosters exclusion of people outside the group. Moreover, we delineate the consequences for people who face social exclusion: Because exclusion severely hinders their ability to achieve the core social motives, excluded people may develop shattered assumptions (Janoff-Bulman, 1992 ) about their social world. This not only undermines excluded people’s physical and mental well-being, but also their ability to survive and thrive in the social world.

Keywords: belonging; controlling; core social motives; exclusion; self-enhancing; trusting; understanding

Article.  9246 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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