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Majorities: A majority is more than half of a total. It can be used to describe a group of people, a number of votes, or a percentage. See also Minorities, Minority rights, Election systems, Democracy.
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Social Psychology on Majorities - Dictionary of Arguments

Haslam I 87
Majority/minority/psychological theories: There is a tacit implication in many of [the] experiments that those insubordinate subjects who are outside the hypothesis-confirming majority are a nuisance. (Jahoda 1959(1): 99; see also Moscovici, 1976(2)).
Haslam I 86
Resistance/Hornsey/Jetten: resistance is not simply the absence of conformity. Rather, it is a process that is quite different from conformity and guided by different considerations. Yet the idea that individuals are able to resist a majority that is clearly wrong has generally been of little interest to those who typically comment on Asch’s work. One possible reason for this is that social psychology in general appears more interested in what makes people conform than in what makes them dissent and show defiance in the face of group pressure (see Jetten and Hornsey, 2011(3), 2014(4)).
>Conformity/Asch, >Conformity/social psychology, >Majority/Jetten/Hornsey, >Minorities/Moscovici.

1, Jahoda, M. (1959) ‘Conformity and independence’, Human Relations, 12: 99–120.
2. Moscovici, S. (1976) Social Influence and Social Change. New York: Academic Press.
3. Jetten, J. and Hornsey, M.J. (eds) (2011) Rebels in Groups: Dissent, Deviance, Difference and Defiance. Wiley-Blackwell.
4. Jetten, J. and Hornsey, M.J. (2014) ‘Deviance and dissent in groups’, Annual Review of Psychology, 65: 46–85.

Matthew J. Hornsey and Jolanda Jetten, “Conformity. Revisiting Asch’s line-judgment studies”, in: Joanne R. Smith and S. Alexander Haslam (eds.) 2017. Social Psychology. Revisiting the Classic Studies. London: Sage Publications

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