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Beliefs about the malleability of immoral groups facilitate collective action

Cohen, S, Halperin, E, Saguy, T and van Zomeren, M (2014) Beliefs about the malleability of immoral groups facilitate collective action Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5 (2). pp. 203-210.

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Although negative out-group beliefs typically foster individuals’ motivation for collective action, we propose that such beliefs may diminish this motivation when people believe that this out-group cannot change in its very essence. Specifically, we tested the idea that believing in the malleability of immoral out-groups (i.e., targets of collective action) should increase collective action tendencies through group efficacy beliefs. Study 1 revealed that the more strongly participants believed that immoral out-groups could change as a function of contextual influences, the stronger their collective action tendencies were due to increased group efficacy. In Study 2, we experimentally replicated these findings using a manipulation of individuals’ beliefs about immoral out-groups being potentially malleable (vs. fixed). We discuss implications of our findings with an eye on the literature on collective action and implicit beliefs and on the promotion of civic engagement more broadly.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Cohen, S
Halperin, E
Saguy, T
van Zomeren, M
Date : March 2014
DOI : 10.1177/1948550613491292
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2013
Uncontrolled Keywords : Collective action, Social change, Group efficacy, mplicit theories
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 07 Nov 2016 16:29
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:54

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