Social Consequences of Disparagement Humor: A Prejudiced Norm Theory

  title={Social Consequences of Disparagement Humor: A Prejudiced Norm Theory},
  author={Thomas E. Ford and Mark A Ferguson},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  pages={79 - 94}
In this article we introduce a “prejudiced norm theory” that specifies the social-psychological processes by which exposure to disparagement humor uniquely affects tolerance of discrimination against members of groups targeted by the humor. Our theory posits that a norm of tolerance of discrimination implied by disparagement humor functions as a source of self-regulation for people high in prejudice. For people high in prejudice, this norm regulates the effect of exposure to disparagement humor… 

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