Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 2015

Keywords

collective action, cross-group interaction, group-based emotion, position, supportiveness

Abstract

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.

Comments

02 November 2016: At the time of publication, Sheridan College author Lisa Droogendyk was associated with Simon Fraser University.

Faculty

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

School

School of Social and Life Sciences

Journal

Journal of Interpersonal Relations, Intergroup Relations and Identity

Version

Publisher's version

Peer Reviewed/Refereed Publication

yes

Terms of Use

Terms of Use for Works posted in SOURCE.

Original Publication Citation

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

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