Recognition (sociology)


Recognition in sociology is the public acknowledgement of a person's status or merits (achievements, virtues, service, etc.).[1]

In psychology, excessively seeking for recognition is regarded as one of the defining traits of a narcissistic personality disorder.[2]

Another example of recognition is when some person is accorded some special status, such as title or classification. [3]

According to Charles Taylor, recognition of one's identity is both a fundamental need and a right, and non- or misrecognition is a form of oppression.[4]

In the workplace, recognition has been suggested to increase employee engagement, continuous improvement behaviour, trust in the organization, intention to stay, and satisfaction with management.[5][6][7] Others, like Alfie Kohn in Punished by Rewards, point out the dangers of using praise to show recognition, since it may induce compliance in the short-term, but negatively impact quality in the workplace long-term.[8]

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  1. ^ "recognition | Definition of recognition in English by Oxford Dictionaries". Oxford Dictionaries | English. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  2. ^ "Narcissistic personality disorder - Symptoms and causes". Mayo Clinic. Retrieved 2022-05-15.
  3. ^ "Definition of RECOGNITION". Retrieved 2022-05-15.
  4. ^ Taylor, Charles (1992). "The politics of recognition". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "Forever Recognize Others' Greatness". Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  6. ^ "Recognition is Not Fluffy Stuff: Why Acknowledging Your People is Good for Business - CPHR Manitoba". Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  7. ^ "The Secret to Motivating Your Team". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  8. ^ Kohn, Alfie (1993). Punished by rewards. Houghton Mifflin Co. pp. 41, 96. ISBN 978-0-618-00181-1.