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 Does group interest motivate system justification?
Posted by: Chuma Owuamalam
Title/Position: Assistant Professor
School/Organization: University of Nottingham
Sent to listserv of: SESP, SPSSI
Date posted: May 19th, 2016

"Twenty-eight percent of Hispanic Americans agreed with Trump’s June statement that 'When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.'"

Why would Hispanic Americans agree with the proponent of a social system that disadvantages them?

System justification theory provides a potential answer. It predicts that people support and legitimise social systems – system justification – even when the system disadvantages them and especially when they are not concerned about their own group. But new evidence published in Cogent Psychology actually suggests the opposite: Members of disadvantaged groups can, at times, endorse the system when they are concerned about their group and do so in order to maintain a positive social identity.

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