You’re either with us or against us! Moral conviction determines how the politicized distinguish friend from foe

Zaal, Maarten P. and Saab, Rim and O'Brien, Kerry and Jeffries, Carla and Barreto, Manuela and van Laar, Colette (2017) You’re either with us or against us! Moral conviction determines how the politicized distinguish friend from foe. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 20 (4). pp. 519-539. ISSN 1368-4302


Three studies investigated how politicized collective identification affects individuals’ reactions towards others. We hypothesized that a strong politicized identity tends to be accompanied by a moral conviction about the politicized cause, which in turn determines how the politicized respond to those less committed to their cause. Consistent with this, Study 1 showed that politicized (feminist)identification is associated with lower identification with women who place moderate (vs. high) moral value on gender equality. Study 2 showed that politicized identification was associated with negative emotions towards people who disagree with this cause and this was mediated by the extent to which participants saw supporting the activist goal as morally obligatory. Study 3 showed that politicized identification, to the extent to which it implied holding a moral conviction about the activist cause, is associated with a desire for more social distance to an attitudinally dissimilar other, but not from an attitudinally similar other.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2017 01:40
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 04:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: morality, politicization, politicized identification
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1368430215615682

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