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Complementary stereotyping of ethnic minorities predicts system justification in Poland

Cichocka, Aleksandra, Winiewski, M., Bilewicz, Michal, Bukowski, M., Jost, John T. (2015) Complementary stereotyping of ethnic minorities predicts system justification in Poland. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 18 . pp. 788-800. ISSN 1368-4302. (doi:10.1177/1368430214566891) (KAR id:48356)

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We investigate the phenomenon of complementary stereotyping of ethnic minorities in Poland and its relationship to system justification. Using results from a nationally representative survey we test the hypothesis that complementary stereotypes—according to which ethnic minorities are seen as possessing distinctive, offsetting strengths and weaknesses—would be associated with system justification among Polish majority citizens. For four minorities, results indicated that stereotyping them as (a) low in morality but high in competence or (b) high in morality but low in competence predicted greater system justification. These results suggest that even in a context that is low in support for the status quo, complementary stereotyping of ethnic minorities is linked to system justification processes. For the three minority groups that were lowest in social status, complementary stereotyping was unrelated to system justification. It appears that negative attitude towards these groups can be expressed openly, regardless of one’s degree of system justification.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1368430214566891
Uncontrolled keywords: competence complementary stereotypes ethnic minorities system justification warmth
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Aleksandra Cichocka
Date Deposited: 09 May 2015 20:14 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 21:03 UTC
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