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Group status drives majority and minority integration preferences.

TitleGroup status drives majority and minority integration preferences.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsHehman, Eric, Samuel L. Gaertner, John F. Dovidio, Eric W. Mania, Rita Guerra, David C. Wilson, and Brian M. Friel
JournalPsychological science
Date Published2012 Jan 1
AbstractThis research examined preferences for national- and campus-level assimilative and pluralistic policies among Black and White students under different contexts, as majority- and minority-group members. We targeted attitudes at two universities, one where 85% of the student body is White, and another where 76% of students are Black. The results revealed that when a group constituted the majority, its members generally preferred assimilationist policies, and when a group constituted the minority, its members generally preferred pluralistic policies. The results support a functional perspective: Both majority and minority groups seek to protect and enhance their collective identities.
Alternate JournalPsychol Sci

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