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Title: Responding to news about a natural disaster : the interplay of group identification and social cynicism in perceived prototypicality
Authors: Chen, SX 
Guan, Y
Hui, CM
Keywords: Group identification
Perceived prototypicality
Social axioms
Social cynicism
Social identity
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: International journal of intercultural relations, 2012, v. 36, no. 4, p. 586-597 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of intercultural relations 
Abstract: Two studies examined how members of Chinese subgroups, namely Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese, perceived attributes reflected by acts in positive and negative news about the Sichuan earthquake in China as prototypical of the superordinate category of Chinese as a whole. Mainland Chinese, but not Hong Kong Chinese, perceived positive acts as more prototypical of Chinese than negative acts, and identification with the superordinate category mediated this effect of subgroup membership on perceived prototypicality. In addition, cynical beliefs moderated the interaction between group identification and event valence on perceived prototypicality. When social cynicism was high, positive versus negative acts were considered as more prototypical of Chinese among high identifiers whereas the reverse pattern was found among low identifiers. However, when social cynicism was low, positive and negative acts were considered as equally prototypical regardless of Chinese identification. These results revealed the motivational and cognitive forces underlying the construction of group prototypes, and underscored the added value of social axioms in understanding perceptions of culturally salient events.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/31978
ISSN: 0147-1767
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2011.12.007
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