Relationship between Multiple Categorization and Ethnic Prejudices: The Role of Social Beliefs



The paper deals with the relationship between multiple self-categorization and attitudes to 'oustiders' in individuals. It was initially assumed that the more social cat- egories people use in self-categorization, the more negative their attitudes towards the representatives of ethnic outgroups are. However, this relationship turned out to be mediated by social beliefs: the more a person believes in the dangerous and competi- tive world, the stronger the correlation between the number of categories and the prej- udices. In order to test this assumption, a study was carried out in which the subjects (N=91) filled out surveys aimed at capturing the complexity of their systems of social categories employed in self-categorization, their beliefs concerning the dangerous and competitive world, and their ethnic prejudices.

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Keywords: multiple self-categorization, dangerous world beliefs, competitive world beliefs, ethnic prejudices

Journal rubric: Experimental Research

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Gulevich O.A., Ermolaeva N.N. Relationship between Multiple Categorization and Ethnic Prejudices: The Role of Social Beliefs. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2014. Vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 31–41. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Olga A. Gulevich, Doctor of Psychology, Laboratory Head, Politics & Psychology Research Laboratory, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

N. N. Ermolaeva, business coach at the "Russian Standard Bank", Moscow, e-mail:



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