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Perceived in-group threat as a factor moderating the influence of in-group norms on discrimination against foreigners

Published inEuropean journal of social psychology, vol. 34, no. 2, p. 135-153
Publication date2004
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Within the framework of an intergroup relations paradigm, three studies analysed the role of in-group threat in intergroup discrimination and the influence of in-group norms on intergroup discrimination. The first study showed that perceived socio-economic threat underlies Swiss nationals' prejudice and discrimination toward foreigners in Switzerland. The second and third studies experimentally tested the hypotheses, first, that variations in perception of in-group threat will produce change in initial discrimination, and, second, that the influence of an in-group norm (pro- vs. anti- discriminatory) is moderated by the perception of in-group threat. In support of these predictions, results of both studies indicated that discrimination was reduced when perceived in-group threat was low. However, the antidiscriminatory in-group norm reduced discrimination only when perceived in-group threat was low. No influence was observed for the pro-discriminatory in-group norm. Copyright#2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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FALOMIR PICHASTOR, Juan Manuel et al. Perceived in-group threat as a factor moderating the influence of in-group norms on discrimination against foreigners. In: European journal of social psychology, 2004, vol. 34, n° 2, p. 135–153. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.189
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