Standing up for whom? Targets' different goals in the confrontation of discrimination

Autor(en): Munder, Anja K.
Becker, Julia C.
Christ, Oliver
Stichwörter: COLLECTIVE ACTION; confrontation; discrimination; distancing; goals; IDENTIFICATION; MODEL; motivation; PREJUDICE; Psychology; Psychology, Social; REAL; RESPONSES; SELF; SOCIAL IDENTITY; STEREOTYPE THREAT; WOMEN
Erscheinungsdatum: 2020
Herausgeber: WILEY
Volumen: 50
Ausgabe: 7
Startseite: 1443
Seitenende: 1462
We challenge the common interpretation of targets' immediate confrontation in reaction to discrimination as self-serving behavior and propose different underlying motivations for this phenomenon. In five online scenario studies (N-overall = 1,447), we demonstrate across different samples and contexts that targets indicate a distinct pursuit of the following self-reported confrontation goals: individual-benefit (e.g., perpetrator apologizes); group-benefit (e.g., prejudice reduction); and distancing (e.g., demonstrating that one is different from typical group members). Furthermore, meaningful associations of the pursuits of individual-benefitting goals and group-benefitting goals with group identification, disidentification, and further collective action intentions indicate that they represent different confrontation motivations: Individual-benefitting confrontation serves to cope with the individual mistreatment of discrimination, whereas group-benefitting confrontation represents a form of collective action. Distancing goals were associated with disidentification and-unexpectedly-group identification. Our results show that the phenomenon of confrontation in reaction to discrimination can be the result of different underlying psychological processes.
ISSN: 00462772
DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2698

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