This weekend I plan to do some reading around the following acronyms relating to personality traits that prop up the kyriarchy:
- RWA – Right Wing Authoritarianism
– characterised by subservience to authority figures
– conceptualized by Bob Altemeyer, as a refinement of the authoritarian personality theory originally pioneered by University of California at Berkeley researchers Theodor W. Adorno, Else Frenkel-Brunswik, Daniel Levinson, and Nevitt Sanford
- SDO – Social Dominance Orientation
– characterised by a desire to sustain structural inequality in order to maintain one’s ingroup at the top
– conceptualized by Jim Sidanius and Felicia Pratto as the key measurable component specific to their Social Dominance Theory (SDT)
SDO correlates weakly with right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) (r ? .18). Both predict attitudes, such as sexist, racist, and heterosexist attitudes. The two contribute to different forms of prejudice; SDO correlates to higher prejudice against “derogated” groups, RWA correlates to higher prejudice against “dangerous” groups, while both are associated with increases in prejudice for “dissident” groups. SDO and RWA contribute to prejudice in an additive rather than interactive way (the interaction[clarification needed] of SDO and RWA accounted, in one study, for an average of less than .001% variance in addition to their linear combination), that is the association between SDO and prejudice is similar regardless of a person’s level of RWA, and vice versa. However, little research has been done relating directly to behavior. (Wikipedia)
I’ll also be doing some reading on the Backfire Effect, because both RWA and SDO traits are especially prone to this particular cognitive bias. I’m also very interested in looking up some work by Australian sociologist Karen Stenner [pdf], who specializes in authoritarianism, racism and intolerance; her description of the major differences between conservatism (primarily values stability) and authoritarianism (primarily values conformity) sounds quite fascinating.
Yep, it’s know your Enemy weekend.