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

Leach, Colin W., Iyer, Aarti and Pedersen, Anne (2007) Angry opposition to government redress: When the structurally advantaged perceive themselves as relatively deprived. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46 (1). pp. 191-204. ISSN 0144-6665

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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 racism and relative deprivation promoted a willingness for political action against government redress to a structurally disadvantaged out-group. Theoretical and political implications are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publisher's version available at official URL.
Keywords: relative deprivation, anger, symbolic racism, modern racism, group-based emotion
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: Q Science > QZ Psychology
Depositing User: Chris Keene
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 15:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1566
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