A social psychology lab examining how interpersonal interactions translate culturally held prejudices into individual thoughts and actions.
Ethnic Enclaves and the Dynamics of Social Identity on the College Campus: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Sidanius, J., van Laar, C., Levin, S., & Sinclair, S. (2004). Ethnic enclaves: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, 96-110. (Honorable Mention, Allport Prize for best intergroup relations paper, 2005)
The effects of membership in ethnic organizations and fraternities and sororities on intergroup attitudes were examined using a 5-wave panel study at a major, multiethnic university. The results showed that these effects were similar for both minority and White students. Membership in ethnic student organi- zations for minorities and Greek organizations for Whites was anteceded by the degree of one’s ethnic identity, and the effects of membership in these groups were similar, although not identical, for both White and minority students. These effects included an increased sense of ethnic victimization and a decreased sense of common identity and social inclusiveness. Consistent with social identity theory, at least a portion of these effects were mediated by social identity among both White and minority students.