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Being similar versus being equal: Intergroup similarity moderates the influence of ingroup norms on discrimination and prejudice

Published inBritish journal of social psychology, vol. 48, no. 2, p. 253-273
Publication date2009
Abstract

In 2 studies, we examined the influence of in-group norms of anti- and pro-discrimination on prejudice and discrimination as a function of intergroup similarity (Studies 1 and 2) and in-group identification (Study 2). Intergroup similarity decreased prejudice and discrimination when in-group norm prescribed discrimination, whereas it increased prejudice and discrimination when in-group norm proscribed discrimination (Study 1). This pattern was most apparent in highly identified in-group members (Study 2). The paradoxical effect of the anti-discrimination norm in the high similarity condition (i.e., an increase in discrimination) is interpreted as a response to the threat this situation introduces to in-group distinctiveness.

Keywords
  • Social influence
  • Anti-discrimination norm
  • Pro-discrimination norm
  • Prejudice
  • Distinctiveness threat
  • Group identification
Citation (ISO format)
GABARROT, Fabrice, FALOMIR PICHASTOR, Juan Manuel, MUGNY, Gabriel. Being similar versus being equal: Intergroup similarity moderates the influence of ingroup norms on discrimination and prejudice. In: British journal of social psychology, 2009, vol. 48, n° 2, p. 253–273. doi: 10.1348/014466608X342943
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