Interaction of socio-structural characteristics to predict Roma's identification and desire to challenge low status position
Author(s): Stephen Reysen, Andrea Slobodnikova, Iva Katzarska-Mille
Abstract: We examined the interaction of socio-structural variables predicting Roma's identification and endorsement for collective action. Roma from Slovakia rated perceived stigma and status, their perception of the intergroup context, identification, and desire for Roma to join together to compete with the high status non-Roma majority. The results showed that greater perceived permeability predicted lower Roma identification. The socio-structural variables also interacted such that Roma who perceived group boundaries as impermeable and status difference as unstable and illegitimate expressed the highest desire for collective action. Lastly, identification was also a strong predictor of desire to directly compete with non-Roma. The results highlight both the usefulness of a social identity perspective for understanding resistance to discrimination and perceived context for collective action.
Publication Title: Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Vol. 46(7)
Pub Year: 2016
Pages: 428 – 434
Keywords: low and high status

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