Dynamic Stereotype Representations: Roles and Scenarios that Impact Groups' Interaction

By Vlad-Petre Glăveanu.

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The present paper discusses a new concept: dynamic stereotype representations, a line of research in the field of social cognition and attitudes inspired by the Transactional Analysis conception regarding interpersonal relationships (mainly the States of the Ego theory). The main assumption is that, besides stereotypes, specific stereotype-roles are associated with groups or social categories. These roles have a major impact upon inter-group relationships since groups tend to fit into a stereotype-scenario that “predicts” the outcome of these relationships and by this acts like a prophecy that transforms the social reality. The objective of the paper is to address the issue of dynamic stereotype representations Romanians have about themselves and about European Union citizens in the context of Romania becoming an EU member in January 2007. The survey was based on a samples of 105 Romanians (two age groups: 64 students and 41 teachers), investigating stereotypes (using a 12 attributes scale validated in previous research), stereotype-roles (using a special validated questionnaire) and resulting stereotype-scenarios. Our hypotheses assume that: 1) the stereotype image attributed to EU citizens will be more favourable than the one of their own national group; 2) the social creativity strategy will make Romanians value themselves more on the “Agreeableness” dimension while EU citizens will be valued more on the “Competence” dimension; 3) we can identify stereotype-roles attributed both to Romanians and EU citizens and these are different in our two age-groups; 4) the stereotype-roles associated with Romanians represent Child figures while the ones attributed to EU citizens are especially Mature type of roles; 5) the identified stereotype-roles will help us depict a stereotype-scenario that reflects the inter-group relationship as anticipated by our Romanian participants. Even if the core nature of this research is exploratory the results confirmed our assumptions and led us to new findings and their practical implications.

Keywords: Stereotype, Stereotype-Role, Stereotype-Scenario, Transactional Analysis, Romanians and EU Citizens

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.65-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 682.438KB).

Mr Vlad-Petre Glăveanu

Student, Psychology, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

The author has obtained his Bachelor degree in Psychology form the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Bucharest. His main domains of interest are in social and cultural psychology: stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination, social representations, social perception, group interaction, national identity, ethnic representations etc. He is a certified trainer, co-editor at Europe’s Journal of Psychology and has worked as a senior research analyst in consumer psychology and volunteer member of several NGO’s. He has published several articles / book chapters in Romanian and foreign journals and attended various international conferences with paper / poster presentations.

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