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Towards Tolerance: Representations of Superordinate Categories and Perceived Ingroup Prototypicality

Waldzus, Sven; Mummendey, Amelie; Wenzel, Michael; Weber, Ulrike


According to Mummendey and Wenzel (1999), group members tend to perceive their ingroup, relative to an outgroup, as more prototypical of the superordinate category encompassing both groups. Hence, they tend to regard the outgroup as deviating from the norms of the superordinate category. Factors that inhibit perception of relative ingroup prototypicality should thus promote intergroup tolerance. In two experiments, the representation of the superordinate category was manipulated. Both an...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
DOI: 10.1016/S0022-1031(02)00507-3


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