Motivated Egalitarianism

Aaron C. Kay*, Rebecca Ponce de Leon, Arnold K. Ho, Nour S. Kteily

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Much research has examined the link between (anti-)egalitarian ideology and motivated social cognition. However, this research is typically framed around anti-egalitarianism, with the other end of this ideological pole, egalitarianism, often ignored altogether or treated as merely the absence of anti-egalitarian-motivated cognition. We integrate long-standing ideas from social dominance theory with contemporary models of motivated social cognition and a recent wave of empirical findings to argue that egalitarian ideology also drives social cognition in meaningful ways. We discuss why pursuing this avenue of research is important and outline several unanswered questions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-299
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2023


  • egalitarianism
  • inequality
  • motivated cognition
  • social dominance orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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