Social dominance theory sdt is a theory of intergroup relations that focuses on the maintenance and stability of group based social hierarchies according to the theory group based inequalities are maintained through three primary intergroup behaviors institutional discrimination aggregated individual discrimination and behavioral asymmetrythe theory proposes that widely shared cultural . Social dominance theory is a multi level theory of how societies maintain groupbased dominance nearly all stable societies can be considered group based dominance hierarchies in which one social group often an ethnic religious national or racial one holds disproportionate power and enjoys special privileges and at least one other group has relatively little political power or . Social dominance theory is one attempt at answering those questions social dominance theory social dominance theory was put forth by two researchers jim sidanius and felicia pratto in 1999. Social dominance theory sdt sidanius pratto 1999 is a multi level integrative theory of intergroup relationsits central aim has been to understand the ubiquity and stubborn stability of group based inequalities though our research program has begun to explore how to introduce instability in considering group based social hierarchies. Social dominance theory is a social psychological theory of group conflict which describes human society as consisting of oppressive group based hierarchical structures according to the theory individual people possess varying levels of preference for social dominance which can be measured by the social psychological measure social dominance orientation
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