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Sex, Nonconformity and Influence

Ralph Wahrman and Meredith D. Pugh
Sociometry
Vol. 37, No. 1 (Mar., 1974), pp. 137-147
DOI: 10.2307/2786474
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2786474
Page Count: 11
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Sex, Nonconformity and Influence
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Abstract

Male subjects were exposed to a female confederate who violated procedural rules early, in the middle of, late, or never in a series of fifteen trials in a problem-solving situation. The earlier the female violated norms the less her influence, the more disliked, and the less desirable as a co-worker she became. A previous study with male confederates and male subjects indicated that early nonconformity led to increased influence and increased desirability as a co-worker but greater dislike. Difficulties faced by those ascribed low status in achieving high status are discussed.

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