What Happens When We Unpack the Invisible Knapsack? Intersectional Political Consciousness and Inter-group Appraisals
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How does consciousness of the intersection of white privilege with gender discrimination affect white women’s appraisals of Muslim women? White, female, non-Muslim undergraduates at a Scottish university (n = 37) were primed with either singular or intersectional group consciousness via a measure of political attitudes before they completed an ostensibly unrelated study about impression formation. As predicted, participants primed with intersectional consciousness reported more accepting attitudes toward covering practices and formed more positive impressions of the Muslim woman, but this effect was moderated by participants’ political orientation. Results support an intersectional approach to conceptualizing political consciousness and suggest that the content of political consciousness is key to understanding appraisals of and responses to difference.
KeywordsIntersectionality Political consciousness Impression formation
The authors would like to thank Eamonn Glancy for assistance with data collection. They would also like to thank two anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments on an earlier version of this manuscript.
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