Special issue article
The impact of superordinate identification on the justification of intergroup inequalities
Article first published online: 10 MAY 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Special Issue: Social Psychological Perspectives on the Legitimation of Social Inequality
Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 255–262, June 2013
How to Cite
Jaśko, K. and Kossowska, M. (2013), The impact of superordinate identification on the justification of intergroup inequalities. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 43: 255–262. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.1946
- Issue published online: 25 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 10 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 14 JUL 2012
- MNiSW. Grant Number: 2484/B/H03/2009/37
Previous research on superordinate identification demonstrated the positive effects of such identification on intergroup relations. Our study investigated the hypothesis that superordinate identity increases acceptance of intergroup inequalities among members of low-status groups. The results obtained from two studies supported our predictions. Superordinate identification increased the justification of unequal funding by members of the disadvantaged group (Study 1) and the acceptance of displaying religious symbols in public places among non-believers (Study 2). In contrast, identification with the low-status subgroup decreased perceived legitimacy of unequal intergroup arrangements. The results demonstrate that superordinate identification can have a negative influence on willingness to act in line with subgroup interest among members of disadvantaged groups. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.