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How do People Classify Reactions against Different Types of Discrimination? Two Scenario-Studies

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Filip Boen ,

Laboratory of Experimental Social Psychology, Tiensestraat 102, 3000 Leuven, BE
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Norbert Vanbeselaere,

Laboratory of Experimental Social Psychology, Tiensestraat 102, 3000 Leuven, BE
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Boris Snauwaert

K.U. Leuven, BE
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Abstract

Two studies investigated which criteria lay people use to classify reactions against discrimination. In study 1, 396 university students had to imagine themselves in an interindividual or intergroup discrimination scenario based on their province of origin. In study 2, 175 university students were confronted with an interindividual or intergroup discrimination based on the Flemish-Walloon conflict. Participants of phase 1 had to generate possible reactions against the described discrimination, whereas participants of phase 2 had to sort the generated reactions as a function of perceived similarity. Cluster analysis revealed four basic clusters that emerged in all scenarios: acceptance, aggression, dialogue, and social support. However, the endorsement of different types of action varied strongly according to the nature of the discrimination. The implications for the existing intergroup theories are discussed.
How to Cite: Boen, F., Vanbeselaere, N. and Snauwaert, B., 2003. How do People Classify Reactions against Different Types of Discrimination? Two Scenario-Studies. Psychologica Belgica, 43(4), pp.215–248. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb.1010
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Published on 01 Jan 2003.
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