Developing critical awareness: the consequences of action and reflection for perceptions of group injusticesTurner-Zwinkels, F. M., Postmes, T. & van Zomeren, M., Mar-2016, In : Journal of applied social psychology. 46, 3, p. 143-157 15 p.
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Individuals often cannot address (objective) group injustices until they develop a (subjective) critical awareness of them. In three studies, we tested two potential psychological pathways toward critical awareness: Reflection (deductive, knowledge driven) and action (inductive, action driven) mindsets. Across studies, participants were exposed to an objectively unjust event, enacted by the experimenter. Based on a pilot study (N=31) and first experiment (N=28), we developed the hypothesis that action (vs. reflection) mindsets increase group entitativity (due to their reliance on expectancy effects), but not necessarily (subjective) critical awareness of (objective) group injustice. Study 2 (N=121) confirmed this hypothesis. We discuss the difficulties of developing (subjective) critical awareness of (objective) group injustices.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of applied social psychology|
|Early online date||Nov-2015|
|Publication status||Published - Mar-2016|
- COLLECTIVE ACTION, INTERGROUP RELATIONS, IDENTITY, CONSCIOUSNESS, DEPRIVATION, MODEL, IDENTIFICATION, EMPOWERMENT, ACCEPTANCE, MEMBERSHIP