Playing the game: when group success is more important than downgrading deviants

Morton, Thomas, A., Postmes, Tom and Jetten, Jolanda (2007) Playing the game: when group success is more important than downgrading deviants. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37 4: 599-616. doi:10.1002/ejsp.385

Author Morton, Thomas, A.
Postmes, Tom
Jetten, Jolanda
Title Playing the game: when group success is more important than downgrading deviants
Journal name European Journal of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1099-0992
Publication date 2007-07-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/ejsp.385
Volume 37
Issue 4
Start page 599
End page 616
Total pages 18
Place of publication The Hague
Publisher Wiley
Language eng
Subject 1701 Psychology
Abstract Partisan respondents evaluated a potential party leader (Study 1) or an ingroup political candidate (Study 2) who expressed normative or deviant opinions against a backdrop of public opinion that was either supportive of, or hostile toward, the ingroup's traditional beliefs (Study 1) or the normative ingroup position on a specific issue (Study 2). Across both studies, high identifiers gave stronger support to a normative candidate over a deviant candidate when public opinion was with the group, but not when public opinion was against the group. Under the latter conditions, high identifiers instead upgraded the deviant candidate. Additional analyses revealed this pattern of differential support for normative and deviant candidates among high identifiers appeared to be related to strategic considerations - specifically, the candidate's perceived chances of gaining public support and being elected. Among low identifiers, support for normative and deviant candidates was less affected by the broader context of public opinion, and was not related to such strategic considerations. These results demonstrate that responses to deviance depend on the broader context in which deviance occurs. Deviance can, at times, be a way through which groups achieve important goals. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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