Atoning for colonial injustices: Group-based shame and guilt motivate support for reparation

Allpress, Jesse A., Barlow, Fiona Kate, Brown, Rupert and Louis, Winnifred R. (2010) Atoning for colonial injustices: Group-based shame and guilt motivate support for reparation. International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 4 1: 75-88.

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Author Allpress, Jesse A.
Barlow, Fiona Kate
Brown, Rupert
Louis, Winnifred R.
Title Atoning for colonial injustices: Group-based shame and guilt motivate support for reparation
Journal name International Journal of Conflict and Violence   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1864-1385
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 4
Issue 1
Start page 75
End page 88
Total pages 14
Place of publication Bielefeld, Germany
Publisher Institut für interdisziplinäre Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung, Universität Bielefeld
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 1701 Psychology
Formatted abstract
An investigation of the role of group-based shame and guilt in motivating citizens of ex-colonial countries to support restitution to former colonized groups which were the target of violence and oppression. Study 1 (N = 125) was conducted in Australia during the lead-up to the first official government apology to Aboriginal Australians. Among white Australians, guilt and shame were associated with attitudinal support for intergroup apology and victim compensation. However, only shame was associated with actual political behaviour (signing a petition in support of the apology). Study 2 (N = 181), conducted in Britain, focussed on Britain's violent mistreatment of the Kenyan population during decolonization. It tested a hypothesis that there are two forms of shame-essence shame and image shame-and demonstrated that image shame was associated with support for apology, whereas essence shame was associated with support for more substantial material and financial compensation. The findings are discussed in light of promoting restitution and reconciliation within nations with histories of colonial violence.
Keyword Colonial countries
Aboriginal Australians
Kenyan population
Colonial violence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special issue: "Collective Memories of Colonial Violence". Author's title: "Guilt and shame as predictors of reparation following an intergroup apology"

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