Why Do Racial Slurs Remain Prevalent in the Workplace? Integrating Theory on Intergroup Behavior

  title={Why Do Racial Slurs Remain Prevalent in the Workplace? Integrating Theory on Intergroup Behavior},
  author={Ashleigh Shelby Rosette and Andrew M. Carton and Lynn Bowes-Sperry and Patricia Faison Hewlin},
  journal={Organ. Sci.},
Racial slurs are prevalent in organizations; however, the social context in which racial slurs are exchanged remains poorly understood. To address this limitation, we integrate three intergroup theories (social dominance, gendered prejudice, and social identity) and complement the traditional emphasis on aggressors and targets with an emphasis on observers. In three studies, we test two primary expectations: (1) when racial slurs are exchanged, whites will act in a manner more consistent with… 

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