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Lay Theories About White Racists: What Constitutes Racism (and What Doesn't)

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Sommers, Samuel R.; Norton, Michael I.

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Abstract Psychological theories of racial bias assume a pervasive motivation to avoid appearing racist, yet researchers know little regarding laypeople's theories about what constitutes racism. By investigating lay theories of White racism across both college and community samples, we seek to develop a more complete understanding of the nature of race-related norms, motivations, and processes of social perception in the contemporary United States. Factor analyses in Studies 1 and 1a indicated three factors underlying the traits laypeople associate with White racism: evaluative, psychological, and demographic. Studies 2 and 2a revealed a three-factor solution for behaviors associated with White racism: discomfort/unfamiliarity, overt racism, and denial of problem. For both traits and behaviors, lay theories varied by participants' race and their race-related attitudes and motivations. Specifically, support emerged for the prediction that lay theories of racism reflect a desire to distance the self from any aspect of the category ‘racist’.
Free Keywords distancing; intergroup relations; lay theories; modern racism; racial attitudes; social perception; stereotyping;
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 117-138
Journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 9 (2006) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430206059881
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)