"Culture's Like an Extra Layer on Top Isn't It?" Sociality and Superordination in Italian and English People

Viv Burr, Trevor Butt, Massimo Giliberto

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How we construe people in other cultures is arguably of increasing importance in contemporary society. The qualitative research reported in this chapter was carried out in the U.K. and in Italy and used a personal construct psychology approach to study intercultural perceptions of English and Italian participants. The research explored constructions of self and other in a sample of Italian and English participants; using a Perceiver-Element Grid (PEG) it additionally examined how participants responded when given access to the other's constructions. The findings suggest that a sense of national identity is relational and built upon social comparisons. Participants showed evidence of a degree of commonality and sociality in their construing, and when given access to the other's construing they used superordination to resolve apparent differences. This strategy is suggested as a possible means of increasing sociality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Handbook of Personal Construct Psychology
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
Pages154-166
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781118508275
ISBN (Print)9781118508312
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Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2015

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Burr, V., Butt, T., & Giliberto, M. (2015). "Culture's Like an Extra Layer on Top Isn't It?" Sociality and Superordination in Italian and English People. In The Wiley Handbook of Personal Construct Psychology (pp. 154-166). John Wiley and Sons Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118508275.ch13
Burr, Viv ; Butt, Trevor ; Giliberto, Massimo. / "Culture's Like an Extra Layer on Top Isn't It?" Sociality and Superordination in Italian and English People. The Wiley Handbook of Personal Construct Psychology. John Wiley and Sons Ltd, 2015. pp. 154-166
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"Culture's Like an Extra Layer on Top Isn't It?" Sociality and Superordination in Italian and English People. / Burr, Viv; Butt, Trevor; Giliberto, Massimo.

The Wiley Handbook of Personal Construct Psychology. John Wiley and Sons Ltd, 2015. p. 154-166.

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Burr V, Butt T, Giliberto M. "Culture's Like an Extra Layer on Top Isn't It?" Sociality and Superordination in Italian and English People. In The Wiley Handbook of Personal Construct Psychology. John Wiley and Sons Ltd. 2015. p. 154-166 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118508275.ch13