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University of Connecticut Social Psychology Intergroup Relations

Social Dominance in Sociopolitical Context and in Individuals

Social dominance theory is meant to apply to all complex heterogeneous societies with economic surplus (Sidanius & Pratto, 1999). Within group-dominance societies, people support or oppose groups like women, the poor, or minorities to the extent they are pro- or anti- group dominance in general. However, social dominance theory also predicts that how much people's general psychological orientation towards group dominance corresponds with their social-political attitudes depends on how the salient group cleavages are in their social context (see Lee, Pratto, & Johnson, 2011, Pratto et al., 2013). A study with samples from 20 nations showed this across nations"

Pratto, F., Çidam, A., Stewart, A.L., Bou Zeineddine, F., Aranda, M., Aiello, A., Chryssochoou, X., Cichocka, A., Cohrs, C., Durrheim, K., Eicher, V., Foels, R., Górska, P., Lee, I., Licata, L., Li, L., Liu, J., Morselli, D., Meyer, I., Muldoon, O., Muluk, H., Petrovic, N., Prati, F., Papastamou, S., Petrovic, I., Prodromitis, G., Rubini, M., Saab, R., van Stekelenburg, J., Sweetman, J., Zheng, W., Henkel, K.E. (Feb. 19, 2013). Social Dominance in Context and in Individuals: Contextual Moderation of Robust Effects of Social Dominance Orientation in 15 languages and 20 countries. Social Psychological and Personality Science. DOI: 10.1177/1948550612473663 Prepublication version here.

If you would like to use the new Short SDO scale, all translations are available in this file.