Exposure to Evidence of White Privilege and Perceptions of Hardships Among White UK Residents

Alexandra Murdoch, Kareena McAloney-Kocaman

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Abstract

Research suggests that when confronted with evidence of privileged status White people will act to mitigate this evidence by reporting greater levels of personal hardships. There is little research exploring white privilege, or its consequences, in the UK, despite playing host to a diverse, multi-racial population. In the current study, 148 White individuals participated in an online experiment of the impact of exposure to evidence of White privilege. Individuals exposed to evidence of white privilege reported lower perceived personal privilege and greater personal life hardships, than those in the non-exposure condition. Exposure to hardships and belief in White privilege were independently related to reports of hardships but not when belief in personal privilege was considered. Findings suggest that exposure to evidence of White privilege may result in majority group members over-reporting personal hardship, but this may be lessened where personal privilege can be made salient.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-211
Number of pages7
JournalRace and Social Problems
Volume11
Issue number3
Early online date2 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

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Keywords

  • white privilege
  • hardship
  • racism

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