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The centrality of the self-control ethos in western aspersions regarding outgroups: A social representational approach to stereotype content

Joffe, H; Staerkle, C; (2007) The centrality of the self-control ethos in western aspersions regarding outgroups: A social representational approach to stereotype content. CULT PSYCHOL , 13 (4) 395 - 418. 10.1177/1354067X07082750.

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Abstract

This theoretical article presents a cultural-level analysis of stereotype content concerning derogated outgroups in the West. It proposes that the ethos of self-control is a key source of widespread thinking about outgroups, and thus a key factor in the social construction of certain groups as superior and others as inferior. Drawing on the social representations approach, the article complements and extends existing analyses of stereotype content that stem from social identity theory and the structural hypothesis. By emphasizing cultural values, particularly that of self-control of the body, it casts light on neglected sources of stereotype content such as its emotional, visceral and symbolic roots. Furthermore, by exploring other dimensions of the self-control ethos-linked to the mind and to destiny-the paper shows that derogated outgroups are often symbolized in terms of contravention of multiple aspects of self-control. Finally, the paper contributes to a cultural understanding of social exclusion by investigating the origin, production and diffusion of the symbolization of outgroups in terms of deficits in self-control.

Type: Article
Title: The centrality of the self-control ethos in western aspersions regarding outgroups: A social representational approach to stereotype content
DOI: 10.1177/1354067X07082750
Keywords: cultural values, outgroup derogation, self-control, social representations, stereotype content, DIALOGICAL PERSPECTIVE, COGNITIVE ASPECTS, PREJUDICE, CULTURE, EMOTION, DISGUST, RIGHTS, AIDS
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/11682
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