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Increasing Group Entitativity

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Rubini, Monica; Moscatelli, Silvia; Palmonari, Augusto

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Abstract Previous research has shown the strength of the linguistic intergroup bias across different intergroup settings. However, there is no evidence of linguistic discrimination within minimal groups. This experiment aimed to shed light on the phenomenon of linguistic intergroup discrimination in a minimal group setting, and to investigate the impact of group entitativity on this bias. Four group entitativity conditions were created by altering the mere categorization condition toward less entitativity and toward more entitativity. Participants were asked to describe the choice allegedly made by another participant in allocating resources to ingroup and outgroup members. Results showed an overall linguistic bias, whereby ingroup behaviors were described more positively and abstractly than outgroup behaviors. Increasing group entitativity resulted in increasingly biased outgroup descriptions, which in the most entitative condition revealed a predominant use of negative abstract terms.
Free Keywords group entitativity; linguistic discrimination; minimal groups;
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 280-296
Journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 10 (2007) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430207075156
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)