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The sigh of the oppressed: The palliative effects of ideology are stronger for people living in highly unequal neighbourhoods

Sengupta, Nikhil K., Greaves, Lara M., Osborne, Danny, Sibley, Chris G. (2017) The sigh of the oppressed: The palliative effects of ideology are stronger for people living in highly unequal neighbourhoods. British Journal of Social Psychology, 56 (3). pp. 437-454. ISSN 0144-6665. (doi:10.1111/bjso.12192)

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Abstract

Ideologies that legitimise status hierarchies are associated with increased wellbeing. However, which ideologies have ‘palliative effects’, why they have these effects, and whether these effects extend to low-status groups remain unresolved issues. The present study aimed to address these issues by testing the effects of the ideology of Symbolic Prejudice on wellbeing among low- and high-status ethnic groups (4,519 Europeans and 1,091 Māori) nested within 1,437 regions in New Zealand. Results showed that Symbolic Prejudice predicted increased wellbeing for both groups, but that this relationship was stronger for those living in highly unequal neighbourhoods. This suggests that it is precisely those who have the strongest need to justify inequality that accrue the most psychological benefit from subscribing to legitimising ideologies.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/bjso.12192
Uncontrolled keywords: inequality; wellbeing; system justification; ideology; palliative effects
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 13:18 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2019 09:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79060 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Sengupta, Nikhil K.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5694-353X
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