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Perceiving personal discrimination: the role of group status and legitimizing ideology

Major, Brenda, Gramzow, Richard H., McCoy, Shannon K., Levin, Shana, Schmader, Toni and Sidanius, Jim (2002) Perceiving personal discrimination: the role of group status and legitimizing ideology Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, (3), pp. 269-282. (doi:10.1037//0022-3514.82.3.269).

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It was hypothesized that relative group status and endorsement of ideologies that legitimize group status differences moderate attributions to discrimination in intergroup encounters. According to the status-legitimacy hypothesis, the more members of low-status groups endorse the ideology of individual mobility, the less likely they are to attribute negative outcomes from higher status group members to discrimination. In contrast, the more members of high-status groups endorse individual mobility, the more likely they are to attribute negative outcomes from lower status group members to discrimination. Results from 3 studies using 2 different methodologies provide support for this hypothesis among members of different high-status (European Americans and men) and low-status (African Americans, Latino Americans, and women) groups.

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Published date: March 2002


Local EPrints ID: 46261
ISSN: 0022-3514
PURE UUID: 8305bc2b-c705-4b73-aa54-903eda78a9bc

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Date deposited: 08 Jun 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:08

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Author: Brenda Major
Author: Richard H. Gramzow
Author: Shannon K. McCoy
Author: Shana Levin
Author: Toni Schmader
Author: Jim Sidanius

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