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The motives underlying stereotype-based discrimination against members of stigmatized groups

Uhlmann, EL and Brescoll, VL and Machery, E (2010) The motives underlying stereotype-based discrimination against members of stigmatized groups. Social Justice Research, 23 (1). 1 - 16. ISSN 0885-7466

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We argue that the motivations that underlie stereotype-based discrimination against racial minorities and other stigmatized groups often fail to meet standard criteria for rational judgments. Stereotyping of such groups is often driven by threats to one's self-esteem and a desire to rationalize inequality, and declines when the perceiver is motivated to be accurate. Also, Bayesian racism-the belief that it is rational to discriminate against individuals based on stereotypes about their racial group-correlates highly with negative feelings toward minorities and the desire to keep low-status groups in their place, and correlates negatively with indices of rational thinking. The motives that drive social judgments call into question whether people engage in stereotype-based discrimination for rational reasons. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Uhlmann, EL
Brescoll, VL
Machery, Emachery@pitt.eduMACHERY
Date: 1 March 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Social Justice Research
Volume: 23
Number: 1
Page Range: 1 - 16
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s11211-010-0110-7
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0885-7466
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2013 19:13
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:59


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