Threatened identities and interethnic interactions

  • Shelton J
  • Richeson J
  • Vorauer J
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This chapter adopts a social identity threat perspective to examine dynamics\r
of interethnic interactions. We first review relevant literature regarding the\r
conditions under which both White and ethnic minority individuals are likely\r
to experience social identity threat within the specific context of interethnic\r
interactions. We focus on the threat of being perceived as stereotypical of\r
one’s ethnic group, considering situation- and person-level factors that trigger\r
the experience of such threat during interethnic interactions. Next, we offer a\r
framework for understanding how individuals cope with social identity threat\r
during interethnic interactions, proposing three main classes of responses:\r
avoidance, outgroup devaluation/derogation, and behaviour modulation/\r
regulation. We review factors that are likely to influence the adoption of one\r
of these responses, and then consider potential implications that each type of\r
response may have for individuals’ experiences during interactions, the\r
development of interethnic friendships, and the attenuation of prejudice.

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  • J. Nicole Shelton

  • Jennifer A. Richeson

  • Jacquie D. Vorauer

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