Superordinate categorization as a moderator of mutual infrahumanization

Gaunt, Ruth (2009) Superordinate categorization as a moderator of mutual infrahumanization. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 12 (6). pp. 747-762. ISSN 1368-4302

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This research applies the Common Ingroup Identity Model (Gaertner & Dovidio, 2000) to explore the moderating role of superordinate categorization in infrahumanization. Two studies were conducted within the context of an inter-racial intergroup conflict. As hypothesized, perceived outgroup identification with the superordinate category (Study 1) or identification with the superordinate category (Study 2) was related to a weaker tendency to infrahumanize the outgroup by attributing it a lesser degree of secondary emotions. In addition, weak ingroup identification eliminated infrahumanization in Study 2. The implications of these findings for infrahumanization research are discussed.

Keywords:infrahumanization, intergroup relations, superordinate category
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:6394
Deposited On:02 Oct 2012 06:22

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