Inspired by the outgroup: A social identity analysis of intergroup admiration

Onu, Diana and Kessler, Thomas and Andonovska-Trajkovska, Daniela and Fritsche, Immo and R. Midson, Georgia and R. Smith, Joanne (2016) Inspired by the outgroup: A social identity analysis of intergroup admiration. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 19 (6). pp. 713-731. ISSN ISSN: 1368-4302

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Drawing upon a social identity approach, three studies focus on the elicitors of intergroup admiration by
investigating the relationship between admiration for an outgroup and this outgroup’s prototypicality
for a superordinate category. In Study 1 (N = 314), we find empirical support for a positive association
between prototypicality and admiration in cross-national survey data. In Study 2 (N = 52), we provide
experimental evidence for the relationship between admiration and prototypicality by manipulating
different facets of prototypicality: admiration for an outgroup occurs only when the group is perceived
as prototypical in relation to the ideal of the superordinate category, but not in relation to the category
average. Study 3 further explores the importance of prototypicality for a superordinate category.
We present an analysis of online comments to news articles (N = 477) referring to positive regard
of outgroups and highlight the role of prototypicality in these discussions. Overall, we contribute
to research on admiration by showing that the elicitation of admiration is dependent on the social
identities involved, providing an identity-situated analysis of this positive group-based emotion.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Educational sciences
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Psychology
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Josif Petrovski
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 10:30
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2018 10:30

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