The collective value of 'me' (and its limitations): Towards a more nuanced understanding of individual and collective coping with prejudice
de Oliveira Laux, SH
Journal of Social Issues
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Within the social identity tradition, individual and collective responses to social disadvantage are typically seen as mutually exclusive. The current study (N = 120) provides a more nuanced understanding of individual and collective responses to social disadvantage by examining the ways in which women anticipate responding to ‘daily sexism’. We test how responses are independently related to ingroup identification, disidentification, and perceived ingroup homogeneity. Results show that women favor confronting sexism over inaction, even if that involves disparaging the ingroup. Specifically, women expect to engage in both individual and collective strategies in response to a sexist statement. Identification with women was positively associated with both collective and individual (non-group disparaging) responses, but only collective responses related to broader intentions to engage in collective action for social change. Finally, perceived group homogeneity uniquely increased agreement with the sexist statement, endorsement of inaction, and group-disparaging responses. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
German Research Foundation
Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Becker, J. C., Barreto, M., Kahn, K. B. and de Oliveira Laux, S. H. (2015), The Collective Value of “Me” (and it's Limitations): Towards a More Nuanced Understanding of Individual and Collective Coping with Prejudice. Journal of Social Issues, 71: 497–516, which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1111/josi.12125. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Volume 71, Issue 3, pages 497–516,
DFG, BE 4648/1-1
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