Ingroup bias, intergroup contact and the attribution of blame for riots

R. Barry Ruback, Purnima Singh

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Hindu and Muslim college students judged the severity of a riot and attributed blame for that riot to the Hindu community, the Muslim community and the individual offenders. Both Hindu and Muslim students showed an ingroup bias, in that when offenders were from participants' own religious group, they blamed the offenders the most and their own community the least. However, when the offenders were from the other religious group, students (both Hindus and Muslims) blamed the other religious community. Two results were consistent with the research literature on equal status intergroup contact. First, the amount of contact Hindu students had with Muslims was negatively related to their assignment of blame to offenders. Second, Hindu participants who lived in mixed Hindu-Muslim neighbourhoods were less likely to blame the Muslim community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-265
Number of pages17
JournalPsychology and Developing Societies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology


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