Group commitment in the face of discrimination: The role of legitimacy appraisals

Jetten, Jolanda, Schmitt, Michael S., Branscombe, Nyla R., Garza, Azenett A. and Mewse, Avril J. (2011) Group commitment in the face of discrimination: The role of legitimacy appraisals. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41 1: 116-126. doi:10.1002/ejsp.743

Author Jetten, Jolanda
Schmitt, Michael S.
Branscombe, Nyla R.
Garza, Azenett A.
Mewse, Avril J.
Title Group commitment in the face of discrimination: The role of legitimacy appraisals
Journal name European Journal of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0046-2772
Publication date 2011-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/ejsp.743
Volume 41
Issue 1
Start page 116
End page 126
Total pages 11
Place of publication West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract In contrast to everyday use of the term discrimination, we propose that discrimination can be appraised as either illegitimate or legitimate, and a comprehensive analysis of responses to discrimination needs to account for both ways of experiencing discrimination. We examine how perceived pervasiveness of discrimination and legitimacy appraisals affect group commitment among women in academia (Study 1) and tobacco smokers facing an upcoming smoking ban (Study 2). We found support for our hypothesis that legitimacy of discrimination appraisals moderates the effect of pervasiveness of discrimination. In both studies, group identification and collective action intentions were undermined most when the ingroup claimed that discrimination against them was legitimate and discrimination was perceived as pervasive. In both studies, group identification mediated the effects on collective action intentions. The results highlight the important role of legitimacy appraisals in understanding disadvantaged group members’ responses to discriminatory treatment.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print June 11 2010.

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