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Opinion-based group membership as a predictor of commitment to political action

Bliuc, Ana-Maria; McGarty, Craig; Reynolds, Katherine J; Muntele, Daniela

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Research on group identification has shown it to be a surprisingly weak predictor of intentions to take large-scale social action. The weak links may exist because researchers have not always examined identification with the type of group that is most relevant for predicting action. Our focus in two studies (one in Romania and one in Australia, both Ns = 101) was on opinion-based groups (i.e. groups formed around shared opinions). We found that social identification with opinion-based groups...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBliuc, Ana-Maria
dc.contributor.authorMcGarty, Craig
dc.contributor.authorReynolds, Katherine J
dc.contributor.authorMuntele, Daniela
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:19:53Z
dc.identifier.issn0046-2772
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/31753
dc.description.abstractResearch on group identification has shown it to be a surprisingly weak predictor of intentions to take large-scale social action. The weak links may exist because researchers have not always examined identification with the type of group that is most relevant for predicting action. Our focus in two studies (one in Romania and one in Australia, both Ns = 101) was on opinion-based groups (i.e. groups formed around shared opinions). We found that social identification with opinion-based groups was an excellent predictor of political behavioural intentions, particularly when items measuring identity certainty were included. The results provide clear evidence of the role of social identity constructs for predicting commitment to social action and complement analyses of politicised collective identity and crowd behaviour.
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons Inc
dc.sourceEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
dc.titleOpinion-based group membership as a predictor of commitment to political action
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume37
dc.date.issued2007
local.identifier.absfor170113 - Social and Community Psychology
local.identifier.ariespublicationU9312950xPUB85
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBliuc, Ana-Maria, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMcGarty, Craig, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationReynolds, Katherine J, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMuntele, Daniela, University of Lasi
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage19
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage32
local.identifier.doi10.1002/ejsp.334
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T08:26:09Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-33846371231
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