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      The Individual and the Nation: A Qualitative Analysis of US Liberal and Conservative Identity Content

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          Recent research highlights the significant role of political ideological identities in America’s increasing political polarisation. In line with social identity theory, self-placement as a US liberal or conservative predicts favouritism toward the ideological in-group and negative attitudes and behaviours toward the outgroup. The theory also holds that the link between self-categorisation and behaviour is mediated by the content of that identity, by what an individual believes it means to be a member of that group. Although previous research has done much to analyse the differences between US liberals and conservatives on various a priori dimensions, little work has been aimed at gaining a holistic account of ideological identity content from the individual’s lay perspective. Through qualitative analysis of 40 interviews (20 liberals and 20 conservatives), this study identifies central themes in the meaning self-identified US liberals and conservatives attribute to these labels and finds evidence for asymmetrical constructions of these identities. The liberal participant group’s identity construction revolved around identification as, and concern for, individuals, supported by reference to personal values and political issues and underpinned by a motivation to move toward a more equal society. Conversely, the conservative participant group connected the understanding of their identity directly to the political ideology of the nation through a thread of self-reliance and reverence for the national group. Implications for political behaviour and the study of ideological identity are discussed.

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                Journal
                JSPP
                J Soc Polit Psych
                Journal of Social and Political Psychology
                J. Soc. Polit. Psych.
                PsychOpen
                2195-3325
                15 May 2019
                2019
                : 7
                : 1
                : 378-401
                Affiliations
                [a ]Department of Psychology, Kingston University London , London, United Kingdom
                [2]University of Winchester, Winchester, United Kingdom
                Author notes
                [* ]Department of Psychology, Kingston University London, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 2EE, UK. KM.Hanson@ 123456kingston.ac.uk
                Article
                jspp.v7i1.1062
                10.5964/jspp.v7i1.1062
                e0e7bc7c-196a-49ea-9cdc-fb2acb85343e
                Copyright @ 2019

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                History
                : 19 September 2018
                : 04 April 2019
                Categories
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                Psychology
                patriotism,political ideology,liberal,social identity,ideological identity,qualitative,conservative

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