Today, Jolien van Breen will defend her dissertation in which she demonstrates that members of disadvantaged groups can resist subtle cues of social devaluation, such as implicit stereotypes. That is, she demonstrates that members of disadvantaged groups are more resilient than previously thought.
For the last few years, the Sinterklaas celebration has raised some profound questions: Is the character of Zwarte Piet racist or not? And should we change the celebration? In a current project, we combine insights on social identity, inter-group relations and attitude polarisation to investigate people’s willingness to change the Sinterklaas celebration.