Identity centrality and in-group superiority differentially predict reactions to historical victimization and harm doing

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Two U.S. studies report a differential effect of identity centrality and in-group superiority on reactions to in-group victimization and in-group harm-doing. Study 1 (N = 80) found that higher identity centrality predicted less justification for freely-recalled in-group victim events, whereas higher in-group superiority predicted more justification for freely-recalled in-group harm-doing events. Study 2 (N = 105) reexamined these findings in specific contexts of historical victimization (Pearl Harbor) and harm-doing (Hiroshima and Nagasaki), finding that in-group superiority was a predictor of reactions to historical in-group harm-doing (justification, emotional reactions, importance of events), whereas centrality was a predictor of reactions to historical in-group victimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-338
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Conflict and Violence
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Sociology and Political Science

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