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Position toward the status quo: Explaining differences in perceptions between left- and right-wing affiliates

Bäck, Emma LU (2013) In Journal of Applied Social Psychology 43(10). p.2073-2082
Abstract
Challengers, as opposed to defenders,of the status quo ascribe more negative

motives for the attitudes of their opponentsand more positive motives to their allies.

This may be associated with a heightened social cost involved in challenging the generally considered good and true. Most social issues are associated with ideology, and

conservatives display more prejudices than liberals. Hence, it is unclear whether

ideology or position toward the status quo per sedrives these attributions. In two

studies, position showed to be a stronger predictor of biased intergroup perceptions

than ideology. Both left- and right-wing affiliates displayed stronger biases when in

opposition. This... (More)
Challengers, as opposed to defenders,of the status quo ascribe more negative

motives for the attitudes of their opponentsand more positive motives to their allies.

This may be associated with a heightened social cost involved in challenging the generally considered good and true. Most social issues are associated with ideology, and

conservatives display more prejudices than liberals. Hence, it is unclear whether

ideology or position toward the status quo per sedrives these attributions. In two

studies, position showed to be a stronger predictor of biased intergroup perceptions

than ideology. Both left- and right-wing affiliates displayed stronger biases when in

opposition. This supports the notion that the challenging position per se, elicits

group differentiation. Results are important for understanding of negative campaigning and political action. (Less)
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intergroup relations, research, motivation (psychology), prejudices, conservatives, liberals
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
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43
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10
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2073 - 2082
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V H WINSTON & SON INC
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1559-1816
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  abstract     = {Challengers, as opposed to defenders,of the status quo ascribe more negative<br/><br>
motives for the attitudes of their opponentsand more positive motives to their allies.<br/><br>
This may be associated with a heightened social cost involved in challenging the generally considered good and true. Most social issues are associated with ideology, and<br/><br>
conservatives display more prejudices than liberals. Hence, it is unclear whether<br/><br>
ideology or position toward the status quo per sedrives these attributions. In two<br/><br>
studies, position showed to be a stronger predictor of biased intergroup perceptions<br/><br>
than ideology. Both left- and right-wing affiliates displayed stronger biases when in<br/><br>
opposition. This supports the notion that the challenging position per se, elicits<br/><br>
group differentiation. Results are important for understanding of negative campaigning and political action.},
  author       = {Bäck, Emma},
  issn         = {1559-1816},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {10},
  pages        = {2073--2082},
  publisher    = {V H WINSTON & SON INC},
  series       = {Journal of Applied Social Psychology},
  title        = {Position toward the status quo: Explaining differences in perceptions between left- and right-wing affiliates},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12160},
  doi          = {10.1111/jasp.12160},
  volume       = {43},
  year         = {2013},
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