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Separating Status from Power as an Antecedent of Intergroup Perception

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Boldry, Jennifer G.; Gaertner, Lowell

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Abstract Status and power covary such that higher status groups are typically higher power groups. This research explored the effect of status on intergroup perception controlling for power. Experiment 1 manipulated the relative status of social groups and explicitly provided the groups equal power. Experiment 2 manipulated status and power orthogonally. Multiple measures yielded consistent patterns indicating that status affected perceived group centrality and variability independent of power. The patterns were consistent with a strategic intergroup comparison account as suggested by social identity theory. Specifically, the effect of status on intergroup perception varied with the relevance and valence of the dimension of comparison in a manner that balanced social reality with a positive social identity.
Free Keywords group perception; group variability; heterogeneity; homogeneity; in-group homogeneity; ingroup homogeneity; intergroup perception; outgroup homogeneity; out-group homogeneity; power; status;
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 377-400
Journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 9 (2006) 3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430206064640
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)