While considering the role of group-level factors as predictors of collective action, research has overlooked the role of group prototypes in determining willingness to engage in collective action. To begin to investigate this area, we conducted two correlational studies (Ns = 141 and 98) in high schools examining the association between prototypical ingroup members’ desire to engage in collective action and participants’ collective action on behalf of a disadvantaged group (immigrants). Results showed a positive association between these two variables. We also investigated boundaries of this effect, finding that the association emerged when participants lacked personal experiences with the disadvantaged group (cross-group friendships; Study 1) or identified more with their ingroup, an effect also found when including a behavioral measure of collective action (Study 2). Intentions to follow the prototypical ingroup member emerged as the mediator (Study 2). It is worth noting that our methodology allowed us to assess prototypicality in a naturalistic context by calculating a metacontrast ratio for each group member, in line with self-categorization theory’s conceptualization of prototypicality. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications, with reference to the role of prototypicality as a means of social influence and to developing social norms in the context of collective action.

Following the best of us to help them: Group member prototypicality and collective action / Di Bernardo, G. A.; Cocco, V. M.; Paolini, S.; Vezzali, L.; Stathi, S.; Rubin, M.; Subasic, E.. - In: GROUP PROCESSES & INTERGROUP RELATIONS. - ISSN 1368-4302. - (2021), pp. N/A-N/A. [10.1177/13684302211038062]

Following the best of us to help them: Group member prototypicality and collective action

Di Bernardo G. A.;Cocco V. M.;Vezzali L.;Stathi S.;
2021

Abstract

While considering the role of group-level factors as predictors of collective action, research has overlooked the role of group prototypes in determining willingness to engage in collective action. To begin to investigate this area, we conducted two correlational studies (Ns = 141 and 98) in high schools examining the association between prototypical ingroup members’ desire to engage in collective action and participants’ collective action on behalf of a disadvantaged group (immigrants). Results showed a positive association between these two variables. We also investigated boundaries of this effect, finding that the association emerged when participants lacked personal experiences with the disadvantaged group (cross-group friendships; Study 1) or identified more with their ingroup, an effect also found when including a behavioral measure of collective action (Study 2). Intentions to follow the prototypical ingroup member emerged as the mediator (Study 2). It is worth noting that our methodology allowed us to assess prototypicality in a naturalistic context by calculating a metacontrast ratio for each group member, in line with self-categorization theory’s conceptualization of prototypicality. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications, with reference to the role of prototypicality as a means of social influence and to developing social norms in the context of collective action.
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Following the best of us to help them: Group member prototypicality and collective action / Di Bernardo, G. A.; Cocco, V. M.; Paolini, S.; Vezzali, L.; Stathi, S.; Rubin, M.; Subasic, E.. - In: GROUP PROCESSES & INTERGROUP RELATIONS. - ISSN 1368-4302. - (2021), pp. N/A-N/A. [10.1177/13684302211038062]
Di Bernardo, G. A.; Cocco, V. M.; Paolini, S.; Vezzali, L.; Stathi, S.; Rubin, M.; Subasic, E.
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