Superordinate categorization as a moderator of mutual infrahumanization

Ruth Gaunt

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This research applies the Common Ingroup Identity Model (Gaertner & Dovidio, 2000) to explore the moderating role of superordinate categorization in infrahumanization. Two studies were conducted within the context of an inter-racial intergroup conflict. As hypothesized, perceived outgroup identification with the superordinate category (Study 1) or identification with the superordinate category (Study 2) was related to a weaker tendency to infrahumanize the outgroup by attributing it a lesser degree of secondary emotions. In addition, weak ingroup identification eliminated infrahumanization in Study 2. The implications of these findings for infrahumanization research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-746
Number of pages16
JournalGroup Processes and Intergroup Relations
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2009


  • Infrahumanization
  • Intergroup relations
  • Superordinate category


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