first used in a practical sense by Polish-born British social psychologist Henri Tajfel (1919 - 1982) in his paradigm, the minimal group is a nominal group which typically lacks the features found in the majority of social groups such as cohesion, shared characteristics, interdependence, joint activities and a solid group structure.

MINIMAL GROUP: "Minimal groups, according to Henri Tajfel will normally lack the common traits which are observed in the majority groups. "