When they want to take away what is "ours": collective ownership threat and negative reactions towards refugees

Bağcı, Çiğdem and Verkuyten, Maykel and Canpolat, Esra (2022) When they want to take away what is "ours": collective ownership threat and negative reactions towards refugees. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations . ISSN 1368-4302 (Print) 1461-7188 (Online) Published Online First https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/13684302221084232

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People can display negative reactions towards those who challenge their sense of psychological ownership. We tested whether natives would show negativity towards refugees upon perceiving collective ownership threat (COT)—the fear of losing control over a territory that is perceived to be “ours”—in the context of mass immigration (Syrian refugees in Turkey; total N = 1,598). Correlational Studies 1 and 2 demonstrated COT to be associated with intolerance and negative reactions towards refugees through negative intergroup emotions (anger specifically). Preregistered experimental studies demonstrated that while there was no causal effect of COT in neighborhoods with relatively high refugee concentration (Study 3a), COT decreased outgroup tolerance and increased defensive reactions towards Syrian refugees via outgroup anger among a more general community sample (Study 3b). The wider intergroup implications of the fear of losing one’s sense of territorial ownership are discussed.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: collective ownership threat; outgroup anger; outgroup tolerance; psychological ownership; Syrian refugees; territorial infringement
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Çiğdem Bağcı
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2022 16:09
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2022 16:09
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/44149

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