"Tall poppies" and "American dreams" reactions to rich and poor in Australia and the United States

Anesu N. Mandisodza, John T. Jost, Miguel M. Unzueta

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Abstract

A comparative study conducted in Australia and the United States examined people's responses to protagonists who were either born rich or poor and who ended up either rich or poor as adults. Results reveal some cross-cultural similarities and some differences. Specifically, people in both countries perceive initially poor and subsequently rich individuals as more competent and likeable than initially rich and subsequently poor individuals, but these differences were greater in the American context than in the Australian context. In addition, being exposed to someone who was bom rich (vs. born poor) led Americans to perceive the economic system as more fair and legitimate, but it led Australians to perceive the system as less fair and legitimate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)659-668
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2006

Keywords

  • Australia
  • Poor
  • Rich
  • Status
  • United States
  • Wealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology

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