Explaining national identity: from group attachments to collective action

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Druckman, Daniel. 2006. "Explaining national identity: from group attachments to collective action." The Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Occasional Papers Series. 2, pp. 1-37.
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Explaining national identity: from group attachments to collective action

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AuthorDruckman, Daniel
Journal TitleThe Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Occasional Papers Series
Journal Citation2, pp. 1-37
Number of Pages39
Year2006
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
Web Address (URL)https://www.researchgate.net/publication/237529309_Explaining_National_Identity_From_Group_Attachments_to_Collective_Action
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This paper discusses the motivations, perceptions, and cognitions that are the foundation for group identity and stereotypes. Forming the basis for larger national identities, these attachments and categorizations are shown to be instrumental in mobilizing group members for collective action leading often to war. Drawing on literatures in social psychology, comparative politics, and international relations, an attempt is made to bridge the micro and macro levels of analysis. The research reviewed is organized into a framework that connects social-psychological processes of identity formation to inter-group conflict within and between nations. Group loyalties are connected to collective actions through the influence of public opinion, political representation, policy-making, and norms. This framework is broadened further by considering variability in a society’s political institutions, events that mark transitions in regimes or political cultures, and receptivity to appeals made by policy-making elites. The paper concludes with some implications for the resolution of conflicts between groups and nations and identifies a number of avenues for further research.

Keywordsgroup dynamics; public opinion; interpersonal relations; international relations; prejudices; conflict resolution
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020500318. Philosophy of specific cultures (incl. comparative philosophy)
520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
441013. Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
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SeriesThe Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies Occasional Papers number 2
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