ISSN 1671-3710
CN 11-4766/R

›› 2011, Vol. 19 ›› Issue (2): 224-232.

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Emotional Reactions to Historical Injustice Events: Collective Guilt

SHI Wei;YAN Xian-Yang;LIU Jie

  1. (1 School of Culture and Social Development Studies; 2 Library;
    3 Center of Studies for Psychology and Social management, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China)
  • Received:2010-05-25 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2011-02-15 Published:2011-02-15
  • Contact: SHI Wei

Abstract: Collective guilt can be conceptualized as guilt that is experienced as a consequence of belonging to a group which has done wrongdoing to the other groups, even though the personal self was clearly uninvolved in the harmful actions. It is a self-focus emotion. Some cognitive factors will affect the group-based guilt, such as in-group responsibility, legitimacy appraisal, perceived difficulty of making restitutions, the personal value priorities and national identity will produce the individual difference in collective guilt. Group-based guilt can facilitate apologies and restitutions to the victimized group. There are ample opportunities to develop whether people can experience collective guilt for present-day behavior that harms in-group members in the future, and the other emotions will integrate with collective guilt in intergroup reconciliation.

Key words: collective guilt, national identity, apology, restitution