A normative perspective on the linguistic intergroup bias: How intragroup approval of ingroup members who use the linguistic intergroup bias perpetuates explicit intergroup bias

Yvette Assilamehou-Kunz*, Tom Postmes, Benoit Teste

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Abstract

The present research examined from a normative perspective how intragroup normative processes regulate the consequences of the linguistic intergroup bias (LIB). Results of three studies supported our hypothesis that intragroup approval of an ingroup member who uses the LIB plays a key role in perpetuating pro-ingroup bias. In Study 1, ingroup members who used pro-ingroup (vs. pro-outgroup) LIB elicited more intragroup approval and this effect was mediated by the perception of the speaker as being biased in favor of the ingroup. In Studies 2 and 3, intragroup approval (vs. disapproval) of an ingroup member who used the LIB enhanced the expression of pro-ingroup bias. By providing the first demonstration of how the LIB relates to intragroup normative processes, our studies highlight a new path by which the LIB helps perpetuate intergroup bias.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-96
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Volume50
Issue number1
Early online date19-Jul-2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2020

Keywords

  • intragroup approval
  • linguistic intergroup bias
  • normative regulations
  • pro-ingroup bias
  • social norms
  • LANGUAGE ABSTRACTION
  • INTENTIONAL CONTROL
  • PREJUDICE
  • IMPACT
  • COMMUNICATION
  • CONFLICT
  • DISCRIMINATION
  • EXPECTANCIES
  • EXPRESSION
  • INFERENCES

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