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Ingroup glorification, moral disengagement, and justice in the context of collective violence

Leidner, Bernhard, Castano, Emanuele, Zaiser, Erica, Giner-Sorolla, Roger (2010) Ingroup glorification, moral disengagement, and justice in the context of collective violence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36 (8). pp. 1115-1129. ISSN 0146-1672. (doi:10.1177/0146167210376391)

Abstract

What aspects of ingroup identification can lead people to resist justice for the victims of their ingroup’s mistreatment? In three studies carried out in the US and UK, in which participants read reports of mistreatment of prisoners and civilians by coalition troops in the Iraq war, ingroup glorification, but not ingroup attachment or other individual- difference variables, was a key predictor of lesser demands for justice, but only when the perpetrators belonged to the ingroup. This effect of glorification was mediated by two moral disengagement mechanisms focusing on the outgroup: minimization of the emotional suffering of the victims’ families, and explicit dehumanization of the victim group. These findings further reinforce the difference between glorification and other forms of ingroup identification, demonstrating that glorification is problematic in maintaining and fostering intergroup relations, because of its connection to moral disengagement.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0146167210376391
Uncontrolled keywords: moral disengagement, ingroup identification, justice, collective violence, intergroup relations
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Roger Giner-Sorolla
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2013 13:17 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 09:56 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32965 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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