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Title: The more, the merrier? Numerical strength versus subgroup distinctiveness in minority groups
Author(s): Livingstone, Andrew G
Spears, Russell
Manstead, Antony S R
Bruder, Martin
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Keywords: Distinctiveness
Minority groups
Issue Date: Jul-2011
Date Deposited: 5-Dec-2012
Citation: Livingstone AG, Spears R, Manstead ASR & Bruder M (2011) The more, the merrier? Numerical strength versus subgroup distinctiveness in minority groups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47 (4), pp. 786-793.
Abstract: Evidence attests to the efforts made by minority groups to defend and promote 'distinctive' attributes that potentially define the ingroup. However, these attributes are often only available to a prototypical minority within the minority category. In two studies we tested the hypothesis that, under certain conditions, large projected increases in the numerical strength of a 'distinctive' attribute (emotional intelligence in Study 1; ingroup language in Study 2) within a minority category can paradoxically evoke less-than-positive reactions from those who already have the attribute. Findings confirmed that while a large projected increase in the numerical strength of a 'distinctive' attribute was viewed positively when the comparative context focused on the inter-category relation with a majority outgroup, this increase was viewed less positively, and as undermining their own identity, in a narrower intra-category context. Implications for identity management strategies in minority groups are discussed.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.jesp.2011.03.012
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