This is very relevant to my recent post on the pretense of judicial impartiality.
“Social dominance theory was put forth by two researchers, Jim Sidanius and Felicia Pratto, in 1999. Specifically, Sidanius and Pratto attempted to explain how, and why, social structures seemed to be supported by an unspoken hierarchy of groups based on a number of different traits. These multiple hierarchies may be based on gender, race, age, economic status, and other characteristics – either naturally recurring or obtained.
According to social dominance theory, these hierarchies influence how equitable the allocation of resources is and how the distribution of undesirable work and/or roles are assigned.”
Source: Social Dominance Theory: Definition & Examples
A small (3 page) outline of the theory is available here.
From the outline: ” … Moreover, societies
recognize the legal rights of dominants and
portray their ways of living as virtuous and
characteristic of the whole society, whereas
subordinates receive little social recognition
and are even stigmatized. Group dominance
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