Intergroup Inequality Heightens Reports of Discrimination Along Alternative Identity Dimensions

Riana M. Brown, Maureen A. Craig

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How do members of societally valued (dominant) groups respond when considering inequality? Prior research suggests that salient inequality may be viewed as a threat to dominant-group members’ self and collective moral character. However, people possess multiple social identities and may be advantaged in one domain (e.g., White) while concurrently disadvantaged in another domain (e.g., sexual minority). The present research tests whether individuals may reduce the moral-image threat of being societally advantaged in one domain by highlighting discrimination they face in other domains. Four experiments with individuals advantaged along different dimensions of inequality (race, social class, sexuality) reveal that making such inequality salient evokes greater perceived discrimination faced by oneself and one’s ingroups along other identity dimensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)869-884
Number of pages16
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020


  • inequality
  • intergroup relations
  • multiple identities
  • perceived discrimination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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