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The Social Psychology of Intergroup Reconciliation$
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Arie Nadler, Thomas Malloy, and Jeffrey D. Fisher

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300314

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300314.001.0001

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Diminishing Vertical Distance: Power and Social Status as Barriers to Intergroup Reconciliation

Diminishing Vertical Distance: Power and Social Status as Barriers to Intergroup Reconciliation

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(p.301) Chapter 13 Diminishing Vertical Distance: Power and Social Status as Barriers to Intergroup Reconciliation
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The Social Psychology of Intergroup Reconciliation
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Lasana T. Harris

Susan T. Fiske (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300314.003.0014

This chapter argues that social emotions derived from power and perceived social status generate a skewed perception of the out-group, resulting in residual negative affect and the creation of a vertical distance, which in turn hinders intergroup reconciliation. Literature within social psychology that describes intergroup power as outcome control, as well as models of intergroup emotions that establish residual negative affect, are reviewed. The literature on perceptions of out-groups that create an immutable vertical distance are then considered. Finally, some possible solutions and policy implications are discussed.

Keywords:   intergroup relations, social status, power, out-group, reconciliation, vertical distance, residual negative affect

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