publication . Other literature type . Article . 2007

Angry opposition to government redress: when the structurally advantaged perceive themselves as relatively deprived.

Leach, Colin W.; Iyer, Aarti; Pedersen, Anne;
  • Published: 01 Mar 2007
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
We examined (structurally advantaged) non-Aborigines' willingness for political action against government redress to (structurally disadvantaged) Aborigines in Australia. We found non-Aborigines opposed to government redress to be high in symbolic racism and to perceive their ingroup as deprived relative to Aborigines. However, only perceived relative deprivation was associated with feelings of group-based anger. In addition, consistent with relative deprivation and emotion theory, it was group-based anger that fully mediated a willingness for political action against government redress. Thus, the specific group-based emotion of anger explained why symbolic raci...
Subjects
free text keywords: Social Psychology, Anger, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Social group, Redress, Politics, Disadvantaged, Ingroups and outgroups, Relative deprivation, medicine.disease_cause, medicine, Symbolic racism, Psychology, Social science, QZ
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Kenny, D. A., Kashy, D. A., & Bolger, N. (1998). Data analysis in Social Psychology. In D. Gilbert, S. Fiske, & G. Lindzey (Eds.), Handbook of social psychology (4th ed.), Vol. 1 (pp. 233-265). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.

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Abstract
We examined (structurally advantaged) non-Aborigines' willingness for political action against government redress to (structurally disadvantaged) Aborigines in Australia. We found non-Aborigines opposed to government redress to be high in symbolic racism and to perceive their ingroup as deprived relative to Aborigines. However, only perceived relative deprivation was associated with feelings of group-based anger. In addition, consistent with relative deprivation and emotion theory, it was group-based anger that fully mediated a willingness for political action against government redress. Thus, the specific group-based emotion of anger explained why symbolic raci...
Subjects
free text keywords: Social Psychology, Anger, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Social group, Redress, Politics, Disadvantaged, Ingroups and outgroups, Relative deprivation, medicine.disease_cause, medicine, Symbolic racism, Psychology, Social science, QZ
42 references, page 1 of 3

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (1998). As a matter of fact: Answering myths and misconceptions about Aboriginal Australians (2nd Edition). Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.

AC Nielsen (2000). Issues Report. Sydney, Australia: AC Nielsen.

Ajzen, I. (1991). The theory of planned behavior. Organizational behavior and Human Decision Processes, 50, 179-211.

Averill, J. R. (1983). Studies on anger and aggression: Implications for theories of emotion. American Psychologist, 38, 1145-1160. [OpenAIRE]

Bobo, L. (1988). Group conflict, prejudice, and the paradox of contemporary racial attitudes. In P. Katz & D. Taylor (Eds.), Eliminating racism: Profiles in controversy (pp. 85-114). New York: Plenum Press.

Brady, H. E. (1993). Political participation. In J. P. Robinson, P. R. Shaver, & L. S. Wrightsman (Eds.), Measures of political attitudes (pp. 737-801). San Diego: Academic Press.

Broome, R. (2002). Aboriginal Australians: Black responses to white dominance, 1788-2001 (3rd Edition). Crows Nest, Australia: Allen & Unwin.

Dillman, D. A. (2000). Mail and internet surveys: The tailored design method (2nd edition). New York: Wiley.

Fraser, C. O. & Islam, M. R. (2000). Social identification and political preferences for One Nation: The role of symbolic racism. Australian Journal of Psychology, 52, 131-137.

Hanson, P. (1996). Australian House of Representatives Hansard, 10th September, Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 119697.

Henry, P. J. & Sears, D. O. (2002). The symbolic racism 2000 scale. Political Psychology, 23, 253-283.

Hu, L. & Bentler, P. M. (1999). Cutoff criteria for fit indexes in covariance structure analysis: Conventional criteria versus new alternatives. Structural Equation Modeling, 6, 1-55. [OpenAIRE]

Iyer, A., Leach, C. W., & Crosby, F. J. (2003). White guilt and racial compensation: The benefits and limits of self-focus. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 117-129.

Kenny, D. A., Kashy, D. A., & Bolger, N. (1998). Data analysis in Social Psychology. In D. Gilbert, S. Fiske, & G. Lindzey (Eds.), Handbook of social psychology (4th ed.), Vol. 1 (pp. 233-265). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.

Kessler, T. & Mummendey, A. (2001). Is there any scapegoat around? Determinants of intergroup conflicts at different levels of categorization. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 1090-1102.

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