The Relational Versus Collective 'We' and Intergroup Allocation: The Role of Nested Group Categorization

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Forthcoming

Johnson School Research Paper Series No. 11-2012

30 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2012 Last revised: 15 Jun 2012

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Sujin Lee

KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

Wendi L. Adair

University of Waterloo - Department of Psychology

Elizabeth A. Mannix

Cornell University - Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Junha Kim

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management; Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Date Written: April 14, 2012

Abstract

Intergroup research has focused primarily, if not solely, on how an intergroup comparative context primes social categorization. The current research examines how individual differences, in terms of distinct forms of social self (the relational versus collective self), differentially drive social categorization and zero-sum resource allocation across groups nested within a superordinate group. Results show that the relational self exhibited more ingroup-biased allocations than the collective self; superordinate categorization mediated this relationship. Moreover, the relational self showed more ingroup-biased allocations under the condition of intergroup competition than cooperation; whereas the collective self showed equally unbiased allocations under the conditions of intergroup competition and cooperation. Our research suggests that competition worsens nested group relations for the relational self, but not for the collective self.

Keywords: relational self, collective self, social categorization, ingroup bias, identity

Suggested Citation

Lee, Sujin and Adair, Wendi L. and Mannix, Elizabeth A. and Kim, Junha, The Relational Versus Collective 'We' and Intergroup Allocation: The Role of Nested Group Categorization (April 14, 2012). Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Forthcoming; Johnson School Research Paper Series No. 11-2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2039881

Sujin Lee (Contact Author)

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Wendi L. Adair

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Elizabeth A. Mannix

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Junha Kim

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management ( email )

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Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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