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Ingroup friendship and political mobilization among the disadvantaged

Sengupta, Nikhil K., Milojev, Petar, Barlow, Fiona K., Sibley, Chris G. (2015) Ingroup friendship and political mobilization among the disadvantaged. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21 (3). pp. 358-368. ISSN 1099-9809. (doi:10.1037/a0038007) (KAR id:79064)

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This study investigated the effects of ingroup contact in a large, national sample of Māori (a disadvantaged ethnic group; N = 940) on political attitudes relevant to decreasing ethnic inequality in New Zealand. We tested the role of two mediating mechanisms – ethnic identification and system justification – in explaining the effects of ingroup contact on the dependent variables. Time spent with ingroup friends predicted increased support for the Māori Party and support for symbolic and resource-specific reparative policies benefiting Māori. These effects were partially mediated by increased ethnic identification. Although ingroup contact also reduced levels of system justification among Māori, its effects on policy attitudes and party preference were not mediated by system justification. This suggests that a key antecedent to system-challenging political attitudes is an increased sense of identification with a disadvantaged group arising, in part, from interactions with ingroup friends.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1037/a0038007
Uncontrolled keywords: ingroup contact, system justification, social identity, minority groups.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Nikhil Sengupta
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2019 14:00 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 05:46 UTC
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