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    Reconciliation responses, blame and expressions of guilt or shame

    Kamau, Caroline and Giner-Sorolla, R. and Zebel, S. (2013) Reconciliation responses, blame and expressions of guilt or shame. Journal of Applied Social Psychology 43 (S2), E287-E292. ISSN 0021-9029.

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    Recipients of intergroup apologies have been found to prefer expressions of shame over guilt. However, there is little research comparing the responses of a wronged group with those of a blamed group. Kenyans/Britons evaluated guilt/shame statements about colonialism, with blame measured as the assignment of collective guilt to Britain. Among Britons, there was a significant interaction, with high in-group blamers expecting more reconciliation from shame than from guilt, and vice versa for low in-group blamers. Among Kenyans, there was no main effect of blame, but more reconciliation was expected fromshame than fromguilt. Wronged groups thus appear to prefer shame over guilt, whereas preference for guilt/shame among members of a blamed group depends on the level of in-group blame.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): corporate lawsuit, group reconciliation, forgiveness, colony, empire, Kenya, Britain, guilt, shame, compunction, Kenya Human Rights Comission, history
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Caroline Kamau
    Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 09:14
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:04


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