Low status groups show in-group favoritism to compensate for their low status and to compete for higher status.

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Rubin, Mark; Badea, Conantina; Jetten, Jolanda (2014): Low status groups show in-group favoritism to compensate for their low status and to compete for higher status. figshare.
http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.899722
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The present research investigated the intergroup allocation behavior of members of low-status groups. In two studies where status relations were either relatively illegitimate (Study 1, N = 139) or legitimate (Study 2, N = 114), undergraduate students completed a minimal group resource allocation task that took into account the intergroup status hierarchy. In both studies, members of low-status groups showed two forms of in-group favoritism. They selected resource allocation choices that (a) compensated for their low status and led to intergroup fairness (compensatory favoritism) and (b) competed with the out-group for status and led to positive distinctiveness for the in-group (competitive favoritism). These results suggest that members of low-status groups use in-group favoritism to make their group (a) as good as the high-status out-group and (b) better than the high-status out-group. The findings support the idea that in-group favoritism can serve different functions.

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