Admiration regulates social hierarchy: Antecedents, dispositions, and effects on intergroup behavior

J. Sweetman*, Russell Spears, Andrew G. Livingstone, Antony S. R. Manstead

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In four studies, we report evidence that admiration affects intergroup behaviors that regulate social hierarchy. We demonstrate that manipulating the legitimacy of status relations affects admiration for the dominant and that this emotion negatively predicts political action tendencies aimed at social change. In addition, we show that greater warmth and competence lead to greater admiration for an outgroup, which in turn positively predicts deferential behavior and intergroup learning. We also demonstrate that, for those with a disposition to feel admiration, increasing admiration for an outgroup decreases willingness to take political action against that outgroup. Finally, we show that when the object of admiration is a subversive “martyr,” admiration positively predicts political action tendencies and behavior aimed at challenging the status quo. These findings provide the first evidence for the important role of admiration in regulating social hierarchy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)534-542
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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