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Exceptional Outgroup Stereotypes and White Racial Inequality Attitudes toward Asian Americans

Park, JZ; Martinez, BC; Cobb, R; Park, JJ; Wong, ER; (2015) Exceptional Outgroup Stereotypes and White Racial Inequality Attitudes toward Asian Americans. Social Psychology Quarterly , 78 (4) pp. 399-411. 10.1177/0190272515606433. Green open access

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Abstract

Stereotypes of outgroups help create social identificational boundaries for ingroups. When the ingroup is dominant, members employ individualist sentiments to justify their status. In this study, we build on advances in social psychological research that account for multiple outgroup stereotypes. We argue the Asian American model minority stereotype is analogous to the “cold but competent” position of perceptions toward Asians in Fiske’s stereotype content model. Asian Americans are perceived to be exceptional to other minority groups, and we hypothesize that perceived competence is associated with individualist sentiments directed at Blacks and Latinos. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Freshmen, we find support for our hypotheses but find that perceived coldness has no relationship to individualist sentiments. We discuss the implications and directions for further research.

Type: Article
Title: Exceptional Outgroup Stereotypes and White Racial Inequality Attitudes toward Asian Americans
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0190272515606433
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0190272515606433
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Stereotypes, Asian Americans, racial attitudes
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10022820
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