Politicized Group Identification: the Case of Fundamentalism

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For many citizens, group identifications provide cognitive structures through which the political world can be viewed. Group-related attitudes seem to be important means by which political beliefs can be organized and evaluated. The decade of the eighties has seen a renewed research emphasis on the political importance of group identifications. (See especially Conover 1985; Leege et al. 1989; Klein 1984; Guth et al., 1988; and Price 1989). Conover and Feldman (1981) have argued that group attitudes are the principal means by which perceptions of societal conflict are structured. Conover (1984) has further characterized group identification as a form of “schema,” which provides an intermediate link between an individual citizen’s self-perception and the larger political community.


Group identity; Group identity--Political aspects; Political and social views; Self-perception; Social conflict


American Politics | Clinical Psychology | Community Psychology | Political Science | Politics and Social Change

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