Status moves: Evaluations and effectiveness of status behaviors
Author(s): Hee Young Kim, Nathan C. Pettit, Laura E. Reitman
Abstract: This paper examines reactions of in-group members and third-party observers to behaviors people perform to affect the status hierarchy of their group (i.e., status moves). We understand status hierarchies to be “negotiated,” where “status moves” are a means to negotiate the group’s informal order. Results indicate that the valence (positive vs. negative) and context (initiating vs. reacting) of the status move interactively affect observers’ reactions (Studies 1 and 3), and that these reactions are explained by perceptions of the actor’s self- versus group concern (Studies 1–2 and 4) in both experimental as well as more naturalistic contexts. Specifically, initiating status moves elicit stronger reactions, with positive/negative initiating moves resulting in recommendations of greater reward/punishment and status gain/loss for the actor (Studies 1 and 3) than reacting moves. Overall, we offer a first systematic examination of status moves and how people perceive and react to them.
Publication Title: Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, Advanced Online July 19, 2017
Pub Year: 2017
Keywords: interpersonal judgment, negotiated order, status, status moves

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