collective action, cross-group interaction, group-based emotion, position, supportiveness
Although positive cross-group contact can reduce prejudice, it also can undermine disadvantaged group members’ engagement in collective action (CA). However, some initial research suggests that contact with advantaged group members who are openly supportive of the disadvantaged group may not decrease, and may actually increase disadvantaged group members’ CA. This research used the unequal tuition fee increases at Simon Fraser University (SFU) to investigate international students’ CA intentions. We manipulated the contact partner’s (Canadian student) supportiveness and whether Canadian students directly benefited from the unequal tuition fee increases. The results indicated that when Canadian students were beneficiaries of the inequality, supportiveness from a Canadian student increased international students’ intentions of engaging in organizational disloyalty towards SFU (a form of CA) via increased group-based sadness. However, when Canadian students were bystanders, supportiveness decreased intentions of engaging in organizational disloyalty via reduced group-based sadness and fear.
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Social and Life Sciences
Journal of Interpersonal Relations, Intergroup Relations and Identity
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Qin, S., Droogendyk, L., & Wright, S.C. (2015). Cross-group relationships and collective action: How international students respond to unequal tuition fee increases? Journal of Interpersonal Relations, Intergroup Relations and Identity, 8(Winter), 10-22. Retrieved from http://jiriri.ca/volumes/JIRIRIVolume8.pdf
Droogendyk, Lisa; Qin, Siyu; and Wright, Stephen C., "Cross-Group Relationships and Collective Action: How do International Students Respond to Unequal Tuition Fee Increases?" (2015). Faculty Publications and Scholarship. 3.