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The Irony of Ostracism: Can Extreme Political Actions Result From A Process Once Created To Prevent Political Rebellion?

Knapton, Holly LU (2013) PSYP02 20131
Department of Psychology
Abstract
This study investigated how ostracism and social exclusion may lead to individuals being more willing to participate in and recommend extreme action against a political cause and/or against an opposing group that is hindering their aims. In addition, it assessed if rejection sensitivity and right-wing authoritarianism moderated this effect. The participants were asked to read an article describing the proposal to implement tuition fees in Sweden and were then either ‘included’ or ‘excluded’ from a group that opposed the fees. If excluded they were placed in an alternative group. They were then asked to indicate how willing they were to participate and recommend extreme action against the fees and against an opposing group. The results... (More)
This study investigated how ostracism and social exclusion may lead to individuals being more willing to participate in and recommend extreme action against a political cause and/or against an opposing group that is hindering their aims. In addition, it assessed if rejection sensitivity and right-wing authoritarianism moderated this effect. The participants were asked to read an article describing the proposal to implement tuition fees in Sweden and were then either ‘included’ or ‘excluded’ from a group that opposed the fees. If excluded they were placed in an alternative group. They were then asked to indicate how willing they were to participate and recommend extreme action against the fees and against an opposing group. The results indicated that those who were excluded were more willing to participate in and recommend extreme action against the fees and the opposing group. In addition, on some of the dependent variables this effect was moderated by rejection sensitivity and right-wing authoritarianism. (Less)
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author
Knapton, Holly LU
supervisor
organization
course
PSYP02 20131
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
ostracism, social exclusion, political participation, extremism.
language
English
id
4001877
date added to LUP
2013-09-12 09:16:21
date last changed
2013-09-12 09:16:21
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  abstract     = {This study investigated how ostracism and social exclusion may lead to individuals being more willing to participate in and recommend extreme action against a political cause and/or against an opposing group that is hindering their aims. In addition, it assessed if rejection sensitivity and right-wing authoritarianism moderated this effect. The participants were asked to read an article describing the proposal to implement tuition fees in Sweden and were then either ‘included’ or ‘excluded’ from a group that opposed the fees. If excluded they were placed in an alternative group. They were then asked to indicate how willing they were to participate and recommend extreme action against the fees and against an opposing group. The results indicated that those who were excluded were more willing to participate in and recommend extreme action against the fees and the opposing group. In addition, on some of the dependent variables this effect was moderated by rejection sensitivity and right-wing authoritarianism.},
  author       = {Knapton, Holly},
  keyword      = {ostracism,social exclusion,political participation,extremism.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Irony of Ostracism: Can Extreme Political Actions Result From A Process Once Created To Prevent Political Rebellion?},
  year         = {2013},
}