The Adoption of Prejudice Relative to Other Group Norms as a Function of Ingroup Identification
Belonging to and identifying with a group is a fundamental human need, but what are some of the consequences of identifying with a social group? People’s group identities are an important part of their overall identity, leading people to associate with high status groups (Tajfel, 1971). In order to maximize being associated with a high status group, people can use prejudice to raise the relative status of their ingroups. Individuals may adopt prejudice from their ingroups similar to any other norm, but prejudice may be a unique norm because it allows people to elevate the status of their ingroup and minimize threats from outgroups. The current work argues that the degree to which people identify with the ingroup is related to the adoption of prejudice, and that individuals will endorse prejudice more strongly than a non-prejudice norm. However, this proposition was not supported in two studies. Possible reasons for the lack of support are discussed.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:prejudice ingroup identification
Date of Publication:01/01/2003