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Subjective status and perceived legitimacy across countries

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Brandt, Mark J. and Kuppens, Toon and Spears, Russell and Andrighetto, Luca and Autin, Frederique and Babincak, Peter and Badea, Constantina and Bae, Jaechang and Batruch, Anatolia and Becker, Julia C. and Bocian, Konrad and Bodroza, Bojana and Bourguignon, David and Bukowski, Marcin and Butera, Fabrizio and Butler, Sarah E. and Chryssochoou, Xenia and Conway, Paul and Crawford, Jarret T. and Croizet, Jean-Claude and De Lemus, Soledad and Degner, Juliane and Dragon, Piotr and Durante, Federica and Easterbrook, Matthew J. and Essien, Iniobong and Forgas, Joseph P. and Gonzalez, Roberto and Graf, Sylvie and Halama, Peter and Han, Gyuseog and Hong, Ryan Y. and Houdek, Petr and Igou, Eric R. and Inbar, Yoel and Jetten, Jolanda and Jimenez Leal, William and Jimenez-Moya, Gloria and Karunagharan, Jaya Kumar and Kende, Anna and Korzh, Maria and Laham, Simon M. and Lammers, Joris and Lim, Li and Manstead, Antony S. R. and Mededovic, Janko and Melton, Zachary J. and Motyl, Matt and Ntani, Spyridoula and Owuamalam, Chuma Kevin and Peker, Muejde and Platow, Michael J. and Prims, J. P. and Reyna, Christine and Rubin, Mark and Saab, Rim and Sankaran, Sindhuja and Shepherd, Lee and Sibley, Chris G. and Sobkow, Agata and Spruyt, Bram and Stroebaek, Pernille and Sümer, Nebi and Sweetman, Joseph and Teixeira, Catia P. and Toma, Claudia and Ujhelyi, Adrienn and Van der Toorn, Jojanneke and Van Hiel, Alain and Vasquez-Echeverria, Alejandro and Vazquez, Alexandra and Vianello, Michelangelo and Vranka, Marek and Yzerbyt, Vincent and Zimmerman, Jennifer L. (2020) Subjective status and perceived legitimacy across countries. European Journal of Social Psychology, 50 (5). pp. 921-942. ISSN 0046-2772 (Print) 1099-0992 (Online)

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2694

Abstract

The relationships between subjective status and perceived legitimacy are important for understanding the extent to which people with low status are complicit in their oppression. We use novel data from 66 samples and 30 countries (N = 12,788) and find that people with higher status see the social system as more legitimate than those with lower status, but there is variation across people and countries. The association between subjective status and perceived legitimacy was never negative at any levels of eight moderator variables, although the positive association was sometimes reduced. Although not always consistent with hypotheses, group identification, self- esteem, and beliefs in social mobility were all associated with perceived legitimacy among people who have low subjective status. These findings enrich our understand- ing of the relationship between social status and legitimacy.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:legitimacy, social identity, status, system justification
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
ID Code:42392
Deposited By:Nebi Sümer
Deposited On:05 Sep 2021 21:03
Last Modified:05 Sep 2021 21:03

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