Ideologies of diversity and inequality: Predicting collective action in groups varying in ethnicity and immigrant status

Kay Deaux, Anne Reid, Daniela Martin, Nida Bikmen

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Abstract

Ideological positions regarding social diversity and status inequality are examined as predictors of people's willingness to engage in collective action. Using social dominance theory and social identity theory, we hypothesized that the relationships between ideology, ethnic identification, and orientation toward collective action will vary depending on the position of one's group. Comparisons were made between four U.S. groups: White natives, White immigrants, BlackLatino natives, and BlackLatino immigrants. Groups differed in their endorsement of social diversity and social inequality, as well as in their orientation toward collective action and their ethnic group identification. For all groups, ethnic identity mediated the link between ideology and collective action, but the valence and magnitude of paths differed as a function of ethnicity and immigrant status. Social diversity was more critical for U.S. immigrants (White and BlackLatino); social inequality accounted for more variance in native-born U.S. groups (although in opposite directions for the two groups).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-146
Number of pages24
JournalPolitical Psychology
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Relations

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