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How Status Spreads
Advances in Group Processes, Vol. 34
Author(s): Murray Webster Jr., Lisa Slattery Walker

Abstract: PurposernTo review three theoretical research programs accounting for the spread of status beliefs and their effects on inequality, and to identify si...

Who Wants to Get to the Top? Class and Lay Theories About Power
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,Vol. 111(4)
Author(s): Peter Belmi, Kristin Laurin

Abstract: We investigated class-based differences in the propensity to seek positions of power. We first proposed that people's lay theories suggest that acquir...

A Sense of Powerlessness Fosters System Justification: Implications for the Legitimation of Authority, Hierarchy, and Government
Political Psychology, Vol. 36 (1)
Author(s): Jojanneke van der Toorn, Matthew Feinberg, John T. Jost, Aaron C. Kay, Tom R. Tyler, Robb Willer, Caroline Wilmuth

Abstract: In an attempt to explain the stability of hierarchy, we focus on the perspective of the powerless and how a subjective sense of dependence leads them ...

The Nature of Social Dominance Orientation: Theorizing and Measuring Preferences for Intergroup Inequality Using the New SDO7 Scale
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Advance Online Oct 19, 2015
Author(s): Arnold K. Ho, Jim Sidanius, Nour Kteily, Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, Felicia Pratto, Kristin E. Henkel, Rob Foels, Andrew L. Stewart

Abstract: A new conceptualization and measurement of social dominance orientation—individual differences in the preference for group based hierarchy and inequ...

Do the disadvantaged legitimize the social system? A large-scale test of the status–legitimacy hypothesis
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 104(5)
Author(s): Mark J. Brandt

Abstract: System justification theory (SJT) posits that members of low-status groups are more likely to see their social systems as legitimate than members of h...

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