Defending or Challenging the Status Quo: Position Effects on Biased Intergroup Perceptions
2014 (English)In: Journal of social and political psychology, ISSN 2195-3325, Vol. 2, no 1, 77-97 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The default ideological position is status quo maintaining. Strategies justifying the status quo include undermining challenging arguments, and challengers are judged more negatively than defenders by observers. The current study examined perceptions of challengers and defenders of status quo taking into account perceivers’ own position. Experiment 1 showed that challengers undermined, by ascribing more externality and less rationality, the position of defenders to a larger extent than defenders did of challengers’ position. Experiment 2 tested if effects were driven by the implied minority status of the challenging position. Results revealed no effects of experimentally manipulated numerical status, but challengers were again more biased than defenders. Hence, thedriving force behind challengers’ negative attitudes towards opponents seems to lie in the challenging position per se rather than numerical status. Possibly, challenging what is generally considered to be good demands more from the individual in terms of gearing up for fight and protection against attacks.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 2, no 1, 77-97 p.
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-13408DOI: 10.5964/jspp.v2i1.158OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-13408DiVA: diva2:457938
Som manuskript i avhandling. As manuscript in dissertation.2011-08-182011-11-212014-06-30Bibliographically approved