When non-activists care: group efficacy mediates the effect of social identification and perceived instability on the legitimacy of collective action

Jimenez-Moya, G, Miranda, D, Gonzales, R, Drury, J and Saavedra, P (2017) When non-activists care: group efficacy mediates the effect of social identification and perceived instability on the legitimacy of collective action. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. ISSN 1368-4302 (Accepted)

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Abstract

In recent years, multiple social movements have emerged around the world. In addition, public surveys indicate the highest recorded levels of support for protest. In this context of acceptance of collective action, we examine the role of non-activists in the legitimacy of social movements, as this ‘passive’ support can contribute to social change. Given that antecedents of legitimacy have been neglected in the literature, we carried out a survey (N = 605) among a general sample of the population in Chile to shed light on this issue. We found that social identification with movements and perceived instability predicted the perceived legitimacy of protests by social movements, and that both variables had only indirect effects, through group efficacy. This suggests that perceiving social movements as able to achieve success can lead non-activists to perceive their actions as legitimate, highlighting the importance to movements of being seen to be effective.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: collective action, legitimacy, social identity, perceived instability, group efficacy
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Ellena Adams
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 14:58
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2018 13:10
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/72039

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