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Lecture 6: Intergroup Relations
-prejudice at group level...how u drive esteem from it; Intergroup: how does an individual in a group
think/feel about and behave towards an intergroup
-Olympics....we felt good for athletes AND we felt good about ourselves
-when we identify with a group, the group and self become part of each other...interconnected
Social Identity Theory: ex. Class, country, social groups, friend group; if u identify w/ the group...it
becomes part of self-identity....we feel good about ourselves/group by thinking GOOD about our group
-inter-group bias ex. Members of gang, in Germany after WW2....no good economy...Germans felt bad
about themselves.....then Hitler came along and gave a STRONG identity/said Germans are great....could
have lead to acceptance of Hitler
-u derogate/put down other groups
-3 main strategies used: 1) to choose good dimensions to compare urself to other group, 2) distort
perceptions of outgroups and ingroups (ex. Being prejudice/having stereotypes/think in negative ways
about outgroups....u feel good about urself and they feel bad about themselves), 3) promote your ingroup
(ex. Use power to take resources....education/money/jobs and assign it to ONLY ingroup members and
exclude...ex. Apartheid and People of South Africa....wut dominant group can use...discriminated against
whites) ....doesn’t work for subordinates
-so, subordinate groups...can bring about SOCIAL CHANGE...stand up
-social change is brought about by Collective Action...change status of GROUP not, individual
-ex. Women that can’t vote; war between countries....collective action: big rallies/demonstration, voting,
single person...DOESN’T matter how many ppl r involved....it matters wut the AIM is!
-depends on how minority PERCEIVES the situation (subjective view), u have to believe that the GROUP
is deprived....Relative Deprivation Theory: when groups feel they r deprive, they will feel anger and
engage in collective action/try to improve situation
-competition doesn’t have to be about inequality...it’s how u feel about ur group!...ppl feel deprivation if
THEY or THEIR group member is affected/discriminated against!...even if individual is better off!....that
person is often the leader!
-Collective action occurs when u think group boundaries r CLOSED>...u can’t leave it/change it...ex.
gender and race; when social hierarchy is perceived as instable (imagine a better future); when disadv.
position of ingroup is perceived as unjust
-MODEL: Group boundaries are impermeable = YES/collective action; Social Hierarchy is Stable = NO;
If ingroup status is JUST AND group boundaries r Impermeable = NO...u can’t do anything
-if u can leave ur group/permeable...u can leave the group ex. Disadv. group w/ low education/bad
neighbourbood...sol’n= Social mobility (individual action)...doesn’t change social reality...social
inequality still exists...better than nothing but not OPTIMAL
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