A Model for Understanding Positive Intergroup Relations Using the In-Group-Favoring Norm

R. Matthew Montoya, Brad Pinter

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We present a model of intergroup relations focused on the role of the in-group-favoring norm as capable of facilitating positive intergroup relations. We begin by defining the in-group-favoring norm and describing how it affects self-evaluations and evaluations of out-group members. We then outline how positive intergroup relations may result via the implementation of specific techniques fundamental to the in-group-favoring norm, including emphasizing the value of interactions with the out-group, establishing cooperative intergroup norms, and establishing superordinate goals. In so doing, we discuss how classic moderators of intergroup relations, including leadership, guilt, and in-group norms are facilitators of positive intergroup relations once in-group interests are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)584-600
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2016


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  • Social Sciences(all)

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