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The motives underlying stereotype-based discrimination against members of stigmatized groups

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Abstract

We argue that the motivations that underlie stereotype-based discrimination against racial minorities and other stigmatized groups often fail to meet standard criteria for rational judgments. Stereotyping of such groups is often driven by threats to one's self-esteem and a desire to rationalize inequality, and declines when the perceiver is motivated to be accurate. Also, Bayesian racism--the belief that it is rational to discriminate against individuals based on stereotypes about their racial group--correlates highly with negative feelings toward minorities and the desire to keep low-status groups in their place, and correlates negatively with indices of rational thinking. The motives that drive social judgments call into question whether people engage in stereotype-based discrimination for rational reasons.

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hal-00528406 , version 1 (21-10-2010)

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Eric Luis Uhlmann, Victoria Brescoll, Edouard Machery. The motives underlying stereotype-based discrimination against members of stigmatized groups. Social Justice Research, 2010, 23 (1), pp.1-16. ⟨10.1007/s11211-010-0110-7⟩. ⟨hal-00528406⟩

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