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Regaining In-Group Continuity in Times of Anxiety About the Group’s Future: A Study on the Role of Collective Nostalgia Across 27 Countries

Anouk Smeekes 1 Jolanda Jetten 2 Maykel Verkuyten 1 Michael J.A. Wohl 3 Inga Jasinskaja-Lahti 4 Amarina Ariyanto 5 Frédérique Autin 6, 7 Nadia Ayub 8 Constantina Badea 9, 10 Tomasz Besta 11 Fabrizio Butera 12 Rui Costa-Lopes 13 Lijuan Cui 14 Carole Fantini 15 Gillian Finchilescu 16 Lowell Gaertner 17 Mario Gollwitzer 18 Ángel Gómez 19 Roberto Gonzalez 20 Ying Yi Hong 21 Dorthe Høj Jensen 22 Minoru Karasawa 23 Thomas Kessler 24 Olivier Klein 15 Marcus Lima 25 Tuuli Renvik 4 Laura Megevand 26 Thomas Morton 27 Paola Paladino 28 Tibor Polya 29 Aleksejs Ruza 30 Wan Shahrazad 31 Sushama Sharma 32 Ali Teymoori 33 Ana Torres 34 Anne van der Bles 35
Abstract : Collective nostalgia for the good old days of the country thrives across the world. However, little is known about the social psychological dynamics of this collective emotion across cultures. We predicted that collective nostalgia is triggered by collective angst as it helps people to restore a sense of in-group continuity via stronger in-group belonging and out-group rejection (in the form of opposition to immigrants). Based on a sample (N = 5,956) of individuals across 27 countries, the general pattern of results revealed that collective angst predicts collective nostalgia, which subsequently relates to stronger feelings of in-group continuity via in-group belonging (but not via out-group rejection). Collective nostalgia generally predicted opposition to immigrants, but this was subsequently not related to in-group continuity.
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Anouk Smeekes, Jolanda Jetten, Maykel Verkuyten, Michael J.A. Wohl, Inga Jasinskaja-Lahti, et al.. Regaining In-Group Continuity in Times of Anxiety About the Group’s Future: A Study on the Role of Collective Nostalgia Across 27 Countries. Social psychology, JSTOR, 2018, pp.1 - 19. ⟨10.1027/1864-9335/a000350⟩. ⟨hal-01928213⟩

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