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The status-legitimacy hypothesis revisited: Ethnic-group differences in general and dimension-specific legitimacy

Sengupta, Nikhil K., Osborne, Danny, Sibley, Chris G. (2015) The status-legitimacy hypothesis revisited: Ethnic-group differences in general and dimension-specific legitimacy. British Journal of Social Psychology, 54 (2). pp. 324-340. ISSN 0144-6665. (doi:10.1111/bjso.12080)

Abstract

The status-legitimacy hypothesis, which predicts that low-status groups will legitimise inequality more than high-status groups, has received inconsistent empirical support. To resolve this inconsistency, we hypothesised that low-status groups would display enhanced legitimation only when evaluating the fairness of the specific hierarchy responsible for their disadvantage. In a New Zealand-based probability sample (N = 6162), we found that low-status ethnic groups (Asians and Pacific Islanders) perceived ethnic-group relations to be fairer than the high-status group (Europeans). However, these groups did not justify the overall political system more than the high-status group. In fact, Māori showed the least support for the political system. These findings clarify when the controversial status-legitimacy effects predicted by System Justification Theory will—and will not—emerge.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/bjso.12080
Uncontrolled keywords: inequality; status; system justification; ethnicity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Nikhil Sengupta
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2019 12:20 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2019 09:28 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79056 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Sengupta, Nikhil K.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5694-353X
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