The essence of nationhood: how ordinary people make sense of nationality, and how essentialist beliefs create acculturative problems
Nigbur, D., Franz, A., Hocking, I., Hilton, D., Charalambides, L., Zagefka, H., Gonzalez, R. and Tip, L. 2012. The essence of nationhood: how ordinary people make sense of nationality, and how essentialist beliefs create acculturative problems.
|Authors||Nigbur, D., Franz, A., Hocking, I., Hilton, D., Charalambides, L., Zagefka, H., Gonzalez, R. and Tip, L.|
Objectives: Two studies (one qualitative, one quantitative) introduce new conceptual and methodological angles on national identity.
Results: The qualitative study shows how conversations between ordinary nationals can serve as a valuable method for researchers to understand the everyday meanings and feelings involved in national identity. People individually made sense of their nationality and their affective relationship with it; but they did so with reference to shared experience of how it feels to belong to a particular nation. We argue that this allows insights into the individual and systemic levels of national identity and productively joins discursive notions with a phenomenological approach. Meanwhile, the quantitative study brings together ideas from the literature on acculturation, essentialism and prejudice in showing that essentialist beliefs relate to feelings of cultural adaptation among immigrants being at once highly desirable and extremely difficult. This discrepancy, in turn, was associated with rejection of immigrants.
Conclusions: Our work adds new conceptual and methodological perspectives to a genuinely social-psychological analysis of complex national identities, to complement less empirically based, interdisciplinary accounts.
|Conference||BPS Social Psychology Section conference|
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|Deposited||23 Oct 2012|
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