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Social Psychology and Society

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2221-1527

ISSN (online): 2311-7052


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Relationship between Multiple Categorization and Ethnic Prejudices: The Role of Social Beliefs 1488


Gulevich O.A.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, School of Psychology of Faculty of Social Sciences, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Ermolaeva N.N.
business coach at the "Russian Standard Bank", Moscow

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.

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

Column: Experimental Research

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