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Initial prejudices create cross-generational intergroup mistrust

E. L. UHLMANN, A. KORNIYCHUK, T. OBLOJ

PLoS One

2018, vol. 13, n°4, pp.1-14

Départements : Stratégie et Politique d’Entreprise, GREGHEC (CNRS)

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0194871


The present investigation modeled the emergence and persistence of intergroup bias and discrimination in artificial societies. Initial unfair prejudices held by members of a dominant group elicit confirmatory behavior (diminished cooperation) from members of a subordinate group via a self-fulfilling prophecy. Further, when individual learning is tempered by conformity to peers, inaccurate beliefs about the stigmatized subordinate group persist long-term. Even completely replacing dominant group members with enlightened individuals through generational change is inadequate to break the cycle of intergroup distrust and non-collaboration. The longer the enlightenment of a society is delayed, the more intergroup trust is irretrievably lost


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