International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

2CC Putting Authoritarianism and Social Dominance Orientation in Context: Relationships of Social At

(Session Organizer) Alain Van Hiel, Ghent University; (Discussant) Friedrich Funke, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena; (Chair) Alain Van Hiel, Ghent University

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: Ghent University
Research Area: Intergroup relations

Adorno and colleagues (1950) introduced authoritarianism as a personality characteristic to account for right-wing ideology and prejudice. Nowadays, Right-Wing Authoritarianism (RWA) is not considered a deeply ingrained trait anymore, but instead a broad social attitude. Moreover, it has been recognized that besides RWA, Social Dominance Orientation (SDO) is also an important social attitude. The present symposium attests to these recent developments. In particular, work is presented that either probes into the impact of social context on RWA and/or SDO, or clarifies that RWA and/or SDO are expressions of fundamental traits. In each presentation, prejudice is the target variable. Specifically, Onraet and Van Hiel report that two threat types - economic and terroristic threat – are related to RWA, SDO and prejudice. Moreover, these relationships hold for the perception of these threats on both the societal level and the individual level, that is, in terms of their personal consequences. Using a representative German sample, Carvacho and Zick show that lower levels of RWA and SDO were obtained among people with a higher income. Moreover, RWA and SDO mediate the effects of social-economic class on prejudice. Using a representative Dutch sample, Dhont and Van Hiel report that the effects of RWA on racial prejudice are moderated by direct and extended intergroup contact. Moreover, this third order interaction effect is mediated by trust and intergroup threat. Finally, adopting a multimethod-multitrait approach, Cohrs et al. re-analyze the relationships between broadband personality, RWA, SDO and prejudice, using self-report and peer ratings.