What do I Think of Others in Relation to Myself? Moral Identity and Moral Inclusion in Explaining Prejudice
Article first published online: 29 JUN 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology
Volume 23, Issue 3, pages 261–269, May/June 2013
How to Cite
Passini, S. (2013), What do I Think of Others in Relation to Myself? Moral Identity and Moral Inclusion in Explaining Prejudice. J. Community. Appl. Soc. Psychol., 23: 261–269. doi: 10.1002/casp.2117
- Issue published online: 14 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 29 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 10 MAY 2012
- Manuscript Received: 19 AUG 2011
- moral identity;
- moral exclusion;
- moral inclusion;
The aim of this article is to analyze the effect of moral identity on prejudice in conjunction with moral inclusion/exclusion attitudes. In particular, the hypothesis is that even if high moral identity people tend to be less prejudicial than low moral identity people, this result can be explained with reference to moral inclusion/exclusion attitudes. A questionnaire was distributed to 192 Italian subjects. According to the hypothesis, results show that moral identity is negatively correlated with blatant prejudice, but that this effect is completely mediated by the perception of moral inclusion/exclusion with the other groups. These results suggest that it is not how morally you behave (symbolization), or the relevance you give to moral traits for your identity (internalization), that have an effect on prejudice, but rather it is who you include within the moral community within which moral values apply. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.