Consensus and the Creation of Status Beliefs

  title={Consensus and the Creation of Status Beliefs},
  author={Cecilia L. Ridgeway and Shelley J. Correll},
  journal={Social Forces},
  pages={431 - 453}
We develop a new status construction theory argument that apparently valid social realities in which a salient social difference is consistently linked to signs of status and competence induce participants to form status beliefs. Supporting this social validity account, an experiment showed that when an influence hierarchy developed between categorically different actors and appeared to be consensually accepted in the situation and therefore valid, participants formed strongly differentiated… 

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