Intergroup differentiation: Stereotyping as a function of status hierarchy

Nick Hopkins, Carolyn Rae

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    The authors explored how negative intergroup comparisons affect intergroup differentiation. More specifically, they tested the prediction that the in-group's negative intergroup comparisons with a high-status group would result in more negative stereotyping of a lower status out-group. The authors elicited stereotypes of a lower status university in 2 conditions. In the Ist, the participants judged only the middle-ranking university in-group and a lower status university. In the 2nd, those judgments followed comparison with a higher status university. In the 2nd condition, there was an increased differentiation between the in-group and the lower status out-group because of the more negative stereotyping of the lower status out-group. This evidence of intergroup differentiation was found only on the dimension judged most important and along which the ingroup was negatively compared with the higher status group.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)323-333
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Social Psychology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2001


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