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‘This will bring shame on our nation’: The role of anticipated group-based emotions on collective action

Authors
Journal
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
0022-1031
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
49
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2012.07.011
Keywords
  • Anticipated Emotion
  • Collective Action
  • Group-Based Guilt
  • Group-Based Shame
  • Group-Based Anger

Abstract

Abstract In three studies we examined whether the anticipation of group-based guilt, shame and anger predicts the desire to undertake collective action against a proposed ingroup transgression. In Studies 1 (N=179) and 2 (N=186), the relation between appraising a proposed ingroup transgression as illegitimate and collective action was mediated (or partially mediated) by anticipated group-based shame and anger. In Study 3 (N=128) participants with high self-investment group identification were less willing to engage in collective action against the prospective ingroup transgression when aversive anticipated group-based emotions were made salient. This effect was mediated by anticipated group-based shame. We discuss the implications of these results with regard to collective action and the morality of intergroup behavior.

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