Emotional prejudice, essentialism, and nationalism The 2002 Tajfel lecture
Article first published online: 9 NOV 2003
Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 33, Issue 6, pages 703–717, November/December 2003
How to Cite
Leyens, J.-P., Cortes, B., Demoulin, S., Dovidio, J. F., Fiske, S. T., Gaunt, R., Paladino, M.-P., Rodriguez-Perez, A., Rodriguez-Torres, R. and Vaes, J. (2003), Emotional prejudice, essentialism, and nationalism The 2002 Tajfel lecture. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 33: 703–717. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.170
- Issue published online: 9 NOV 2003
- Article first published online: 9 NOV 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 APR 2003
- Manuscript Received: 28 JAN 2002
- Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research
- Communauté française de Belgique. Grant Number: DGICYT PB98-043
In explaining differences between groups, people ascribe the human essence to their ingroup and consider outgroups as less human. This phenomenon, called infra-humanization, occurs outside people's awareness. Because secondary emotions (e.g. love, hope, contempt, resentment) are considered uniquely human emotions, people not only attribute more secondary emotions to their ingroup than to outgroups, but are reluctant to associate these emotions with outgroups. Moreover, people behave less cooperatively (in terms of altruism, imitation, and approach) with an outgroup member who expresses himself through secondary emotions. Infra-humanization occurs for high and low status groups, even in the absence of conflict between groups. It does not occur when the outgroup target is adequately individualized, by a complete name or through perspective taking, for instance. The differential familiarity with the ingroup and the outgroup cannot explain infra-humanization. Yet, preliminary results show that subjective essentialism and ingroup identification may mediate the effects of infra-humanization. A connection is made between nationalism and infra-humanization. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.