Pluralistic ignorance and social stigma

Stockley, Kieran (2023) Pluralistic ignorance and social stigma. MRes thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Pluralistic ignorance, a discrepancy between private beliefs and public understanding of these beliefs, is a social phenomenon which has been shown to have significant welfare consequences, but relatively little is understood about its origins. In this paper, we propose social stigma as a potential driver of pluralistic ignorance and design a survey structure intended to test for a relationship between this stigma and pluralistic ignorance across sociopolitical issues. As we are without results, we survey the literature and produce a short theoretical framework to motivate the research design, and also describe future directions for the research project.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (MRes)
Supervisors: Sonderegger, Silvia
Martinez, Seung-Keun
Keywords: pluralistic ignorance, social stigma, misperceptions
Subjects: H Social sciences > HM Sociology
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Economics
Item ID: 76490
Depositing User: Stockley, Kieran
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2024 11:55
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 11:55

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