generalized other


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generalized other

the general concept of ‘other SOCIAL ACTORS’ which individuals abstract from the common elements they find in the attitudes and actions of others. According to G. H. MEAD, whose term this is, it is by ‘taking the role of the generalized other’ that the individual internalizes shared values and thus is able to engage in complex cooperative processes.
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Results from Table 4 indicate that perceived opinion dominance is not a significant predictor of opinion expression in the case of the self-specified reference group, whereas Table 4 indicates that there is a statistically significant relationship between perceived opinion dominance and opinion expression when generalized others are used as a reference group.
Data analysis results provided support for the idea that perceived opinion dominance was a significant predictor of opinion expression when the generalized others are used as a reference group.
The reliance on such generalized others makes it difficult to specify the exact source and mechanisms of the social information process.
However, it is difficult to trust these associations because of the common-method bias and the likely social projection of one's own attitude onto generalized others (Gerard and Orive, 1987).
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