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Insecure Status Relations Shape Preferences for the Content of Intergroup Contact.

TitleInsecure Status Relations Shape Preferences for the Content of Intergroup Contact.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSaguy, Tamar, and John F. Dovidio
JournalPersonality & social psychology bulletin
Date Published2013 May 29
AbstractRecent work demonstrated that whereas high-status and low-status group members seek to address cross-group commonalities during intergroup contact, members of low-status groups show a greater desire to discuss status differences between the groups. Drawing on social identity theory, the current research investigated the combined influence of status legitimacy and status stability on these contact preferences. In Study 1, perceived stability and perceived legitimacy were measured among members of a high-status ethnic group in Israel. In Study 2, group status, status stability, and status legitimacy were experimentally manipulated in a U.S. sample. Although they generally preferred to discuss commonalities over status differences, across studies high-status group members' willingness to discuss status differences increased when they perceived the hierarchy as illegitimate but stable. By contrast, low-status group members were particularly inclined to address status differences and least interested in discussing commonalties, when the hierarchy was illegitimate and unstable.
Alternate JournalPers Soc Psychol Bull

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