Difference makes the heart grow fonder: Perceiving intergroup difference enhances minority groups’ willingness to integrate

Zhang, Airong, Jetten, Jolanda, Iyer, Aarti and Cui, Lijuan (2013) Difference makes the heart grow fonder: Perceiving intergroup difference enhances minority groups’ willingness to integrate. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 16 2: 192-208. doi:10.1177/1368430212450056


Author Zhang, Airong
Jetten, Jolanda
Iyer, Aarti
Cui, Lijuan
Title Difference makes the heart grow fonder: Perceiving intergroup difference enhances minority groups’ willingness to integrate
Journal name Group Processes and Intergroup Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1368-4302
1461-7188
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1368430212450056
Volume 16
Issue 2
Start page 192
End page 208
Total pages 17
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Three studies examined how minority group members’ acculturation strategies are shaped by the extent to which they perceive differences between their cultural values and the values of majority society. In line with the creative distinctiveness hypothesis (Spears, Jetten, Scheepers, and Cihangir, 2009), perceived difference among country migrant workers in China was positively associated with endorsement of an integration strategy (Study 1). Among Chinese immigrants in Australia (Study 2), a positive association was found between perceived difference and willingness to integrate only among those who were less identified with the superordinate category. Study 3 manipulated Asian international students’ perceived cultural value difference between their group and the Australian majority, and replicated Study 2 findings. Especially among those who are less committed to the superordinate group, then, knowing how the minority group is different can facilitate willingness to integrate into the majority culture.
Keyword Integration
Intergroup relations
Social identity
Value difference
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print June 24, 2012

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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