Rhetorical unity and social division: A longitudinal study of change in Australian self-stereotypes

S. Alexander Haslam*, Penelope J. Oakes, Katherine J. Reynolds, Justin Mein

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    This paper examines the impact of social division associated with the emergent "race debate" in Australia (and the so-called "Hanson phenomenon") on the consensus of Australian students' stereotypes of their national ingroup. It compares the stereotypes held by a sample of students in 1997 (N = 20) with those revealed in studies conducted from 1992 onwards (N = 102). Results provide strong evidence that stereotype consensus was reduced in the current phase of research and post-testing also indicates that participants themselves interpreted this as being the product of political change in Australian society. The findings are consistent with the argument that stereotypes are sensitive to changes in intergroup and intragroup relations, and that they respond to the reality of social division rather than to the rhetoric of unity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)265-280
    Number of pages16
    JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999


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