Perceived in-group threat as a factor moderating the influence of in-group norms on discrimination against foreigners
Version of Record online: 1 MAR 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 34, Issue 2, pages 135–153, March/April 2004
How to Cite
Falomir-Pichastor, J. M., Muñoz-Rojas, D., Invernizzi, F. and Mugny, G. (2004), Perceived in-group threat as a factor moderating the influence of in-group norms on discrimination against foreigners. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 34: 135–153. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.189
- Issue online: 1 MAR 2004
- Version of Record online: 1 MAR 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 AUG 2003
- Manuscript Received: 25 MAR 2003
- National Foundation for Scientific Research, Switzerland
Within the framework of an intergroup relations paradigm, three studies analysed the role of in-group threat in intergroup discrimination and the influence of in-group norms on intergroup discrimination. The first study showed that perceived socio-economic threat underlies Swiss nationals' prejudice and discrimination toward foreigners in Switzerland. The second and third studies experimentally tested the hypotheses, first, that variations in perception of in-group threat will produce change in initial discrimination, and, second, that the influence of an in-group norm (pro- vs. anti- discriminatory) is moderated by the perception of in-group threat. In support of these predictions, results of both studies indicated that discrimination was reduced when perceived in-group threat was low. However, the anti-discriminatory in-group norm reduced discrimination only when perceived in-group threat was low. No influence was observed for the pro-discriminatory in-group norm. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.