Abstract

What are the costs to those who stand up for targets of prejudice? In our study, we examined how the onsequences of confronting prejudice differ for allies of either African Americans or overweight people. Since research on confrontation and allyship demonstrates that social identities of targets and allies interact to predict these consequences, we also evaluated how perceptions of the ally are influenced by the weight (Study 1) or race (Study 2) of both allies and participants. We presented participants with a scenario depicting an incident of weight bias or racial prejudice, after which participants provided their impression of the ally who confronted discrimination in the scenario. Ultimately, this research furthers our understanding of the consequences that allies may face as a function of their social status and the type of prejudice they confront, while also improving understanding of the ally characteristics most preferred by different targets of prejudice.

Faculty Sponsor

Brooke Vick

Sponsor Department/Programs

Psychology

Tracks

Race and Prejudice

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Location

Olin 130

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Oral Presentation- restricted to Whitman students/faculty/staff

Research Funding Source or OCS Program

This project was funded by a Perry Summer Research Award

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Allied Against Discrimination: Testing the Effect of Stigma Type on Perceptions of Allies and Targets Who Confront Prejudice

Olin 130

What are the costs to those who stand up for targets of prejudice? In our study, we examined how the onsequences of confronting prejudice differ for allies of either African Americans or overweight people. Since research on confrontation and allyship demonstrates that social identities of targets and allies interact to predict these consequences, we also evaluated how perceptions of the ally are influenced by the weight (Study 1) or race (Study 2) of both allies and participants. We presented participants with a scenario depicting an incident of weight bias or racial prejudice, after which participants provided their impression of the ally who confronted discrimination in the scenario. Ultimately, this research furthers our understanding of the consequences that allies may face as a function of their social status and the type of prejudice they confront, while also improving understanding of the ally characteristics most preferred by different targets of prejudice.

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