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We will hunt them down : how social dominance orientation and right-wing authoritarianism fuel ethnic persecution of immigrants in fundamentally different ways


Thomsen, Lotte; T. Green, Eva G.; Sidanius, Jim


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Abstract "Despite the fact that SDO and RWA are correlated with one another and both predict support for ethnic persecution of immigrants, it is argued that this aggression is provoked for very different reasons. For authoritarians, outgroup aggression against immigrants should primarily be provoked by immigrant refusal to assimilate into the dominant culture because this violates ingroup conformity. In contrast, SDO should be associated with aggression against immigrants who do assimilate into the dominant culture because this blurs existing status boundaries between groups. Using samples of American and Swiss college students, the data were consistent with this status boundary enforcement hypothesis regarding social dominators and largely consistent with the ingroup conformity hypothesis regarding authoritarians. National and ethnic identification did not account for these results. The results further support the argument that outgroup prejudice and discrimination is most fruitfully seen as an interactive function of individual differences and situational constraints." [author's abstract]
Klassifikation Sozialpsychologie; soziale Probleme
Freie Schlagwörter Ethnic aggression and persecution; Status boundary enforcement; Immigrant assimilation; Social dominance orientation; Right-wing authoritarianism
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2008
Seitenangabe S. 1455-1464
Zeitschriftentitel Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44 (2008) 6
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2008.06.011
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)