(Deviant) friends with benefits the impact of group boundary permeability on minority group members’ responses to ethnic deviance

Thai, Michael, Barlow, Fiona Kate and Hornsey, Matthew J. (2014) (Deviant) friends with benefits the impact of group boundary permeability on minority group members’ responses to ethnic deviance. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5 3: 360-368. doi:10.1177/1948550613499939


Author Thai, Michael
Barlow, Fiona Kate
Hornsey, Matthew J.
Title (Deviant) friends with benefits the impact of group boundary permeability on minority group members’ responses to ethnic deviance
Journal name Social Psychological and Personality Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1948-5506
1948-5514
Publication date 2014
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1948550613499939
Open Access Status
Volume 5
Issue 3
Start page 360
End page 368
Total pages 9
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Although ethnic deviants are typically disliked, we argue that minority group members may strategically befriend them. In Study 1, Asian and White Australians (N = 536) read a Facebook profile of an Asian or White target who exhibited either stereotypically Asian or White Australian characteristics. Overall, Asian Australians liked in-group ethnic deviants less than normative in-group targets. However, among Asians who perceived high intergroup permeability, the effect reversed on measures of social acceptance: Ethnic deviants were more likely to be befriended than normative group members. This pattern was not observed among Asians who perceived low permeability or among White Australians. In Study 2, we show that Asians (N = 118) who perceive high intergroup permeability desire integration more and perceive ethnic deviance as useful in achieving it—they consequently prefer ethnically deviant White and Asian friends. We discuss minority group members’ preference for ethnic deviance in light of their social mobility motives.
Keyword Ethnic deviance
Permeability
Social identity
Minority groups
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 8 August 2013.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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