The Sophisticated Art of Hierarchy Maintenance

Monday, December 12, 2016

Brian Lowery

Professor of Organizational Behavior
Stanford University

The talk explores strategies used by members of dominant groups (e.g. Whites) to maintain the hierarchy, with a particular focus on Whites’ preferences for political leaders. The focus will be on strategies that appear to favor disadvantaged groups (e.g. ethic minorities), but in fact are intended to serve the long-term interests of the dominant group. The discussion will use the ideas described to provide an explanation for the recent political election.


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