Appealing to common humanity increases forgiveness but reduces collective action among victims of historical atrocities

Greenaway, Katherine H., Quinn, Emerald A. and Louis, Winnifred R. (2011) Appealing to common humanity increases forgiveness but reduces collective action among victims of historical atrocities. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41 5: 569-573. doi:10.1002/ejsp.802


Author Greenaway, Katherine H.
Quinn, Emerald A.
Louis, Winnifred R.
Title Appealing to common humanity increases forgiveness but reduces collective action among victims of historical atrocities
Journal name European Journal of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0046-2772
Publication date 2011-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/ejsp.802
Volume 41
Issue 5
Start page 569
End page 573
Total pages 5
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Appealing to common humanity is often suggested as a method of uniting victims and perpetrators of historical atrocities. In the present experiment (N=109), we reveal that this strategy may actually work against victim groups' best interests. Appealing to common humanity (versus intergroup identity) increased forgiveness of perpetrators but independently also served to lower intentions to engage in collective action. Both effects were mediated but not moderated by reduced identification with the victim group. We, thus reveal an important feature of appeals to common humanity: That this strategy may reduce social change at the same time as helping to promote more positive intergroup attitudes. These novel findings extend research on the human identity to a new theoretically interesting and socially important domain.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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