The State of the Union: Contemporary Interminority Attitudes in the United States

Esther Burson, Erin B. Godfrey

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An emerging body of work examines relations among marginalized groups, presupposing that interminority interactions display increased levels of animosity or compassion as compared to majority–minority processes. The current article compares interminority and majority–minority attitudes in a nationally representative data set, finding that racial, sexual, and gender minority groups express similar or more favorable attitudes and political support toward a minority outgroup. Experimental follow-ups explore conditions leading to more positive interminority interactions, finding that primes of similarity facilitate increased support toward a minority outgroup. A final minimal-pairs design explores the role of comparative disadvantage in these processes, suggesting that increased interminority support does not extend to a minority target group that is more privileged than the ingroup. Theoretical and empirical implications are addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-413
Number of pages18
JournalBasic and Applied Social Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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