Is higher inequality less legitimate? Depends on How You Frame it!

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Bruckmüller S, Reese G, Martiny S
Journal: British journal of social psychology
Publisher: WILEY
Publication year: 2017
Volume: 56
Journal issue: 4
Pages range: 766-781
ISSN: 0144-6665
eISSN: 2044-8309


Abstract


Economic inequality is increasing both globally and in various countries around the world, and such inequality has been linked to worsening health, well-being, and social cohesion. A key predictor for whether people take action against inequality is the extent to which they perceive it as illegitimate. We investigate how two variables jointly predict the legitimization of inequality, namely the perceived magnitude of differences in economic outcomes and the way these differences are described. Two experiments (total N=190) tested whether framing the same difference in outcomes as an advantaged group having more or as a disadvantaged group having less moderates whether higher inequality is perceived as less legitimate. Participants perceived bigger differences as less legitimate when these differences were framed as the disadvantaged group having less. When they were framed as the advantaged group having more, the perceived magnitude of differences and legitimacy beliefs were unrelated. Together, this research highlights the importance of language for how people perceive and respond to inequality.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Bruckmüller, Susanne Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Sozialpsychologie mit Schwerpunkt Gender und Diversity


How to cite

APA:
Bruckmüller, S., Reese, G., & Martiny, S. (2017). Is higher inequality less legitimate? Depends on How You Frame it! British journal of social psychology, 56(4), 766-781. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12202

MLA:
Bruckmüller, Susanne, G Reese, and S.E. Martiny. "Is higher inequality less legitimate? Depends on How You Frame it!" British journal of social psychology 56.4 (2017): 766-781.

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