Subjective status and perceived legitimacy across countries

Brandt, Mark J., Kuppens, Toon, Spears, Russell, Andrighetto, Luca, Autin, Frederique, Babincak, Peter, Badea, Constantina, Bae, Jaechang, Batruch, Anatolia, Becker, Julia C., Bocian, Konrad, Bodroža, Bojana, Bourguignon, David, Bukowski, Marcin, Butera, Fabrizio, Butler, Sarah E., Chryssochoou, Xenia, Conway, Paul, Crawford, Jarret T., Croizet, Jean‐Claude, Lemus, Soledad, Degner, Juliane, Dragon, Piotr, Durante, Federica, Easterbrook, Matthew J., Essien, Iniobong, Forgas, Joseph P., González, Roberto, Graf, Sylvie, Halama, Peter, Han, Gyuseog, Hong, Ryan Y, Houdek, Petr, Igou, Eric R., Inbar, Yoel, Jetten, Jolanda, Jimenez Leal, William, Jiménez‐Moya, Gloria, Karunagharan, Jaya Kumar, Kende, Anna, Korzh, Maria, Laham, Simon M., Lammers, Joris, Lim, Li, Manstead, Antony S. R., Međedović, Janko, Melton, Zachary J., Motyl, Matt, Ntani, Spyridoula, Owuamalam, Chuma Kevin, Peker, Müjde, Platow, Michael J., Prims, J. P., Reyna, Christine, Rubin, Mark, Saab, Rim, Sankaran, Sindhuja, Shepherd, Lee, Sibley, Chris G., Sobkow, Agata, Spruyt, Bram, Stroebaek, Pernille, Sümer, Nebi, Sweetman, Joseph, Teixeira, Catia P., Toma, Claudia, Ujhelyi, Adrienn, Toorn, Jojanneke, Hiel, Alain, Vásquez‐Echeverría, Alejandro, Vazquez, Alexandra, Vianello, Michelangelo, Vranka, Marek, Yzerbyt, Vincent and Zimmerman, Jennifer L. (2020) Subjective status and perceived legitimacy across countries. European Journal of Social Psychology, 50 (5). pp. 921-942. ISSN 0046-2772

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The relationships between subjective status and perceived legitimacy are important for understanding the extent to which people with low status are complicit in their oppression. We use novel data from 66 samples and 30 countries (N = 12,788) and find that people with higher status see the social system as more legitimate than those with lower status, but there is variation across people and countries. The association between subjective status and perceived legitimacy was never negative at any levels of eight moderator variables, although the positive association was sometimes reduced. Although not always consistent with hypotheses, group identification, self-esteem, and beliefs in social mobility were all associated with perceived legitimacy among people who have low subjective status. These findings enrich our understanding of the relationship between social status and legitimacy.

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Additional Information: Funding information: All authors provided feedback on the drafts of the manuscript and helped collect data. Mark J. Brandt, Toon Kuppens, and Russell Spears organized the project, designed the study, and wrote the initial drafts of the manuscript. Julia C. Becker, Matthew J. Easterbrook, Simon M. Laham, Jolanda Jetten, Chuma Kevin Owuamalam, Mark Rubin, Joseph Sweetman, and Jojanneke van der Toorn provided additional feedback in the drafting of the manuscript. This research was supported by Fondecyt program (1161371), the Center for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (15130009), the Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research (15110006), the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 759320), and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (PSI2016-79971-P). The contribution of Sylvie Graf was supported by the grant 20-01214S from the Czech Science Foundation and by RVO: 68081740 of the Institute of Psychology, Czech Academy of Sciences.
Uncontrolled Keywords: legitimacy, social identity, status, system justification
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2022 09:59
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2022 10:00

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