Group entitlement, anger and participation in intergroup violence

Claassen, C. (2016) Group entitlement, anger and participation in intergroup violence. British Journal of Political Science, 46(1), pp. 127-148. (doi: 10.1017/S000712341400012X)

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There is little research on the thousands of individuals who take part in intergroup violence. This article proposes that their participation is motivated by the emotion of intergroup anger, which, in turn, is triggered by a comparison between the intergroup distribution of resources and the distribution that is believed to be desirable. Thus, when another group is perceived to violate group entitlements – by taking jobs thought to belong to the ingroup, for example – anger is experienced and individuals become more willing to take part in violence against the outgroup. Support for this theory is found in a new survey dataset, collected in a slum in South Africa where anti-immigrant violence occurred in 2008.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Claassen, Dr Christopher
Authors: Claassen, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:British Journal of Political Science
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1469-2112
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Cambridge University Press
First Published:First published in British Journal of Political Science 46(1):127-148
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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