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The mobilising and protective role of national identification on normative and non-normative collective action

The mobilising and protective role of national identification on normative and non-normative collective action

Stathi, Sofia ORCID: 0000-0002-1218-5239, Vezzali, Loris, Waldzus, Sven and Hantzi, Alexandra (2019) The mobilising and protective role of national identification on normative and non-normative collective action. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. ISSN 0021-9029 (Print), 1559-1816 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12619)

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Abstract

In the context of the financial crisis in Europe and drawing on social identity and perceived disadvantage literature, this research explored national identification, perceived prejudice, perceived ostracism, and anger as predictors of intentions to engage in normative collective action and support for non-normative, destructive action. Correlational data were collected in Greece (N = 218), Portugal (N = 312) and Italy (N = 211) during the financial crisis that affected several European countries in the early 2010’s. Hierarchical regressions showed that national identification, above and beyond all other variables, positively predicted normative collective action, and negatively predicted support for non-normative action. That is, people who identified more strongly with their national identity were more likely to report that they will engage in collective action to enhance the position of their ingroup, and less likely to support destructive collective action. Mediation analyses revealed that in the case of Portugal and Italy, national identification associated negatively with anger, while anger positively predicted normative collective action. The findings of this research point to the importance of national identification as a factor that, on the one hand, motivates people’s mobilisation toward supporting the rights of the ingroup but on the other hand, impedes the more negative, destructive side of collective action. The contextual and instrumental role of national identity in contexts of threat is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: collective action, national identity, perceived prejudice, anger, non-normative action
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 08:39
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/24811

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