Reactions to perceived deprivation in ingroup and outgroup: A cross-cultural comparison

Mauro Tiraboschi, Anne Maass

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An experiment is reported in which the reactions of observers to the relative and absolute deprivation of others are assessed. Eighty German and 80 Italian subjects made decisions about ingroup (own nationality) or outgroup (foreign) protagonists suffering high or low relative and absolute deprivation. Results showed that subjects were more likely to take social action that violated some rule when the protagonist was in high rather than low absolute deprivation. Racist subjects were somewhat more likely to satisfy the request of a deprived ingroup protagonist whereas non-racist subjects favoured the deprived outgroup No differences emerged for non-deprived protagonists. Overall, Germans tended to take social action only when the protagonist suffered high absolute deprivation whereas Italians took action regardless of degree of absolute deprivation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-421
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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