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Property and prejudice: How racial attitudes and social-evaluative concerns shape property appraisals

McIntyre, JC, Constable, MD and Barlow, FK (2015) Property and prejudice: How racial attitudes and social-evaluative concerns shape property appraisals. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45 (6). ISSN 0046-2772

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Abstract

Property evaluations rarely occur in the absence of social context. However, no research has investigated how intergroup processes related to prejudice extend to concepts of property. In the present research, we propose that factors such as group status, prejudice and pressure to mask prejudiced attitudes affect how people value the property of racial ingroup and outgroup members. In Study 1, White American and Asian American participants were asked to appraise a hand-painted mug that was ostensibly created by either a White or an Asian person. Asian participants demonstrated an ingroup bias. White participants showed an outgroup bias, but this effect was qualified. Specifically, among White participants, higher racism towards Asian Americans predicted higher valuations of mugs created by Asian people. Study 2 revealed that White Americans' prejudice towards Asian Americans predicted higher valuations of the mug created by an Asian person only when participants were highly concerned about conveying a non-prejudiced personal image. Our results suggest that, ironically, prejudiced majority group members evaluate the property of minority group members whom they dislike more favourably. The current findings provide a foundation for melding intergroup relations research with research on property and ownership. © 2015 John Wiley

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted version of the following article: McIntyre, J. C., Constable, M. D., and Barlow, F. K. (2015) Property and prejudice: How racial attitudes and social‐evaluative concerns shape property appraisals. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 45: 716–727. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2121. , which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2121
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology, 1702 Cognitive Science, 1608 Sociology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 09:29
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2018 23:09
DOI or Identification number: 10.1002/ejsp.2121
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9035

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