Saturday, October 12, 2013

Everybody hates those Activists - Paper!

Is this inspiring?

Me, not at all!

From the paper

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Activist and nonactivist perceivers may, however, respond differently to activist targets. 
Indeed, because individuals generally view ingroup members positively (Sherif, Harvey, White, Hood, & Sherif 1961; Tajfel & Turner, 1979), activist perceivers may respond relatively favourably to ‘typical’ activists. On the other hand, because individuals have especially unfavourable impressions of group members who perform undesirable behaviours (Marques, Yzerbyt, & Leyens, 1988), activist perceivers who condemn the use of militant methods to promote social change (e.g. ‘atypical’ activists) may react particularly negatively to ‘typical’ activists.

For many activists, the willingness to take a radical stand without regard for mainstream sensibilities is a point of pride. 
Indeed,environmental activist and author of ‘Tree Spiker’ Mike Roselle (as cited in Olafsson, 2009) defends his militant efforts to protect the environment, noting, ‘I don’t think there’s anything extreme about saying we have to stop pumping carbon into the air. If we’re extremists, so be it. The stakes are too high’ (para. 6).
The present research suggests, however, that such seemingly zealous dedication to a social cause may backfire and elicit unfavourable reactions from others. Indeed, individuals avoid affiliating with ‘typical’ activists and adopting the pro-change behaviours that these activists advocate because individuals associate them with negative stereotypes. 

Ironically and despite good intentions, therefore, the very individuals who are most actively engaged in promoting social change may inadvertently alienate members of the public and reduce pro-change motivation.
Said it a thousand times, and I spare you the links.
Synopsis here.

1 comment:

Shark Diver said...

Case in point:

Would anyone tell me what this accomplished except to unveil and unmask all the idiots who follow this shit?

Or try and emulate this shit?

Liiike, let's see, so hard to come up with names at the moment, hmmm...YOU know, the lipstick pizza top shark saver and her clan of merry morons who are good at one thing only, wasting donor money and precious resources?

WHAT'S her name?

Escapes me, I will have it in a mo.