Anger and guilt about ingroup advantage explain the willingness for political action

Leach, Colin W., Iyer, Aarti and Perdersen, Anne (2006) Anger and guilt about ingroup advantage explain the willingness for political action. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32 9: 1232-1245. doi:10.1177/0146167206289729

Author Leach, Colin W.
Iyer, Aarti
Perdersen, Anne
Title Anger and guilt about ingroup advantage explain the willingness for political action
Journal name Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0146-1672
Publication date 2006-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0146167206289729
Open Access Status
Volume 32
Issue 9
Start page 1232
End page 1245
Total pages 14
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Three studies examined non-Aboriginal Australians’ guilt and anger about their ingroup’s advantage over structurally disadvantaged Aborigines. Study 1 showed that participants who perceived their ingroup as relatively advantaged perceived this inequality as unfair and felt guilt and anger about it. Anger, and to a lesser degree guilt, predicted the willingness to engage in political action regarding ingroup advantage. Study 2 showed both guilt and anger to be relatively self-focused because both were associated with appraising the ingroup’s (rather than the government’s) discrimination as responsible for ingroup advantage. Study 3 examined on participants especially willing to engage in political action to bring about systemic compensation to Aborigines. Anger about ingroup advantage was a potent predictor. Although guilt was associated with the abstract goal of systemic compensation, guilt did not explain willingness for political action. Results underline the importance of examining specific group-based emotions in intergroup relations.
Keyword Racial inequality
Group-based emotion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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