'This will bring shame on our nation': the role of anticipated group-based emotions on collective action

Lee Shepherd, Russell Spears, Antony Manstead

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Abstract

In three studies we examined whether the anticipation of group-based guilt, shame and anger predicts the desire to undertake collective action against a proposed ingroup transgression. In Studies 1 (N = 179) and 2 (N = 186), the relation between appraising a proposed ingroup transgression as illegitimate and collective action was mediated (or partially mediated) by anticipated group-based shame and anger. In Study 3 (N = 128) participants with high self-investment group identification were less willing to engage in collective action against the prospective ingroup transgression when aversive anticipated group-based emotions were made salient. This effect was mediated by anticipated group-based shame. We discuss the implications of these results with regard to collective action and the morality of intergroup behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-57
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

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