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Deviance Credit: Tolerance of Deviant Ingroup Leaders is Mediated by their Accrual of Prototypicality and Conferral of their Right to be Supported

Abrams, Dominic, Travaglino, Giovanni A., Marques, Jose M., Pinto, Isabel R., Levine, John M. (2018) Deviance Credit: Tolerance of Deviant Ingroup Leaders is Mediated by their Accrual of Prototypicality and Conferral of their Right to be Supported. Journal of Social Issues, 74 (1). pp. 36-55. ISSN 0022-4537. (doi:10.1111/josi.12255) (KAR id:65839)

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Abstract

Leaders often deviate from group norms or social conventions, sometimes innovating and sometimes engaging in serious transgressions or illegality. We propose that group members are prone to be more permissive toward both forms of deviance in the case of ingroup leaders compared to other ingroup members or outgroup members and leaders. This granting of ‘deviance credit’ is hypothesized to be underpinned by perceptions of an ingroup leader’s prototypicality of the group (‘accrual’) and belief that occupancy of the role confers a right to be supported (‘conferral’). Analyses of data from four studies demonstrate that both accrual and conferral (a) mediate evaluations, inclusion and punishment of deviant leaders, and (b) they make independent contributions to deviance credit. Implications for leadership, marginalization, corruption, innovation and transformation are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/josi.12255
Uncontrolled keywords: Leadership, innovation, transgression, deviance credit
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre for the Study of Group Processes
Depositing User: Emily Fell
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2018 11:13 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:17 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/65839 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Abrams, Dominic: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2113-4572
Travaglino, Giovanni A.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4091-0634
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