Complex Social Identities and Intergroup Relations: Gateway Groups in the Western Balkans

Aharon Levy*, Iris Zezelj, Marija Branković, Srdjan Dusanic, Martijn Van Zomeren, Tamar Saguy, Eran Halperin

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Gateway Groups are characterized by a unique social categorization which enables them to be identified with two or more groups within the context of intergroup relations. Due to their strategic situation, Gateway Groups have been found to have the potential to improve the relations between their distinct social counterparts. In this paper we attempted to replicate the Gateway Group line of research in the Western Balkan context with two different kinds of Gateway Groups: Children of mixed Serb(s) and Bosniak families, and Bosniak citizens of Serbia. As in previous Gateway Group studies, we found that in both cases the exposure to a dually identified Gateway Group lead to a more complex perception of the Gateway Group itself, a higher belief in the potential of the Gateway Group to bridge the relations between the ingroup and the outgroup, and a greater sense of closeness between the ingroup and the outgroup.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)201-206
Number of pages6
JournalSocial Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • dual identity
  • gateway groups
  • intergroup conflict
  • replication
  • social identity complexity
  • western balkans


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