A preliminary version of this article was presented at the joint SPSSI—EAESP Conference at Grenada, Spain, May 23–26, 2001.
Relative Deprivation and Intergroup Prejudice
Article first published online: 19 MAY 2008
© 2008 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 64, Issue 2, pages 385–401, June 2008
How to Cite
Pettigrew, T. F., Christ, O., Wagner, U., Meertens, R. W., Van Dick, R. and Zick, A. (2008), Relative Deprivation and Intergroup Prejudice. Journal of Social Issues, 64: 385–401. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2008.00567.x
- Issue published online: 19 MAY 2008
- Article first published online: 19 MAY 2008
Using three diverse European surveys, we test the relationship between relative deprivation (RD) and anti-immigrant prejudice. We find that both group relative deprivation (GRD) and individual relative deprivation (IRD) are found primarily among working-class respondents who are politically alienated. We also find that GRD, but not IRD, serves as a proximal correlate of prejudice. IRD's effects on prejudice are largely mediated through GRD. In addition, GRD partially mediates the effects of such distal predictors of prejudice as education and family income. Finally, blaming the victim mediates in part the GRD link with prejudice. These results lead to a socially situated path model of RD's effects on prejudice with public policy implications.