A Closer Look at the Mechanisms of Perceived Job Discrimination: ‘How I Think You Think About Us’

6 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2011

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Frederik Anseel

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of Personnel Management, Work and Organizational Psychology

Date Written: September 2011

Abstract

Anderson (2011) provides a rich conceptual framework describing the factors that may affect perceived job discrimination in selection. Although this framework presents a detailed agenda for future research, it is currently less clear how these factors are assumed to lead to perceived job discrimination. To advance our theoretical understanding of the mechanisms involved, I propose that research on perceived job discrimination might benefit from drawing on the social psychological literature on metastereotypes. In the current commentary, I briefly describe the concept of metastereotypes, summarize factors that have been found to affect metastereotypes and delineate potential counterintuitive implications of activated metastereotypes for dealing with perceived job discrimination and complaints in selection.

Suggested Citation

Anseel, Frederik, A Closer Look at the Mechanisms of Perceived Job Discrimination: ‘How I Think You Think About Us’ (September 2011). International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 19, Issue 3, pp. 245-250, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1909150 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.2011.00552.x

Frederik Anseel (Contact Author)

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of Personnel Management, Work and Organizational Psychology ( email )

Ghent
Belgium

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