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Social consensus influences ethnic diversity preferences
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics. Stockholm Univ, Ctr Cultural Evolut, Stockholm, Sweden.
Inst Futures Studies, Stockholm, Sweden..
2018 (English)In: Social influence, ISSN 1553-4510, E-ISSN 1553-4529, Vol. 13, no 4, p. 192-208Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is widespread segregation between workplaces along ethnic lines. We expand upon previous research on segregation and social influence by testing the effect of the latter on personal diversity preferences, specifically in employees' selection into hypothetical workplaces. In a survey study with 364 European American respondents in three waves, participants complied with social consensus preferences for either more or less workplace diversity. The new preference was sufficiently internalized to be retained largely unaltered a week later. Simulations suggest a self-reinforcing effect, where accurate social consensus information may be sufficient to change preferences. Given that initial choices were polarized, perceived social consensus can vary highly between people in society, and influencing this perception may feed back into greater acceptance of minorities.

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ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2018. Vol. 13, no 4, p. 192-208
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Social influence, segregation, workplaces, ingroup bias, status
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-42609DOI: 10.1080/15534510.2018.1540358ISI: 000456331600002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85057332498OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-42609DiVA, id: diva2:1286806
Available from: 2019-02-07 Created: 2019-02-07 Last updated: 2019-04-02Bibliographically approved

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