Workshop 'The Development and Influence of Political Identities' by Leonie Huddy


Arts Building Room 160, 853 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0G5, CA
Free, all are welcome!

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship presents a workshop by

Leonie Huddy (Stony Brook University)

The Development and Influence of Political Identities

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Abstract: Political identities play a special role within democratic politics and political scientists and social psychologists can benefit from an exchange over their nature and consequences. This workshop considers political identities such as partisan and ideological identities and the conditions under which non-political group identities become politicized. The workshop begins with an overview of the major psychological and sociological theoretical approaches to the study of group identities and their their empirical measurement. This is followed by consideration of the factors that promote the politicization of group identities and foster the development of strong group identities. The consequences of political identities for political attitudes and behavior are considered next. Finally, special consideration is given to the role of identity threats and the emotions they generate to shed light on the link between political identities and action. Examples are drawn throughout from research on racial and ethnic, gender-linked, partisan, ideological, and national identities. Consideration will also be given to differences in partisan identity strength across political systems and different party structures.

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