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, Jolanda Jetten, Maykel Verkuyten, Michael J.A. Wohl, Inga Jasinskaja-Lahti, Amarina Ariyanto, Frédérique Autin, Nadia Ayub, Constantina Badea, Tomasz Besta, Fabrizio Butera, Rui Costa-Lopes, Lijuan Cui, Carole Fantini, Gillian Finchilescu, Lowell Gaertner, Mario Gollwitzer, Ángel Gómez, Roberto González, Ying Yi HongDorthe Høj Jensen, Minoru Karasawa, Thomas Kessler, Olivier Klein, Marcus Lima, Tuuli A. Renvik, Laura Megevand, Thomas Morton, Paola Paladino, Tibor Polya, Aleksejs Ruza, Wan Shahrazad Wan Sulaiman, Sushama Sharma, Ali Teymoori, Ana R. Torres, Anne M. Van Der Bles

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-329
Number of pages19
JournalSocial Psychology
Volume49
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Keywords

  • belonging
  • collective angst
  • collective nostalgia
  • continuity
  • cross-cultural
  • immigrants

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  • Social Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
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Smeekes, A., Jetten, J., Verkuyten, M., Wohl, M. J. A., Jasinskaja-Lahti, I., Ariyanto, A., ... Van Der Bles, A. M. (2018). 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, 49(6), 311-329. https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000350

Regaining In-Group Continuity in Times of Anxiety about the Group's Future : A Study on the Role of Collective Nostalgia Across 27 Countries. / Smeekes, Anouk; Jetten, Jolanda; Verkuyten, Maykel; Wohl, Michael J.A.; Jasinskaja-Lahti, Inga; Ariyanto, Amarina; Autin, Frédérique; Ayub, Nadia; Badea, Constantina; Besta, Tomasz; Butera, Fabrizio; Costa-Lopes, Rui; Cui, Lijuan; Fantini, Carole; Finchilescu, Gillian; Gaertner, Lowell; Gollwitzer, Mario; Gómez, Ángel; González, Roberto; Hong, Ying Yi; Jensen, Dorthe Høj; Karasawa, Minoru; Kessler, Thomas; Klein, Olivier; Lima, Marcus; Renvik, Tuuli A.; Megevand, Laura; Morton, Thomas; Paladino, Paola; Polya, Tibor; Ruza, Aleksejs; Wan Sulaiman, Wan Shahrazad; Sharma, Sushama; Teymoori, Ali; Torres, Ana R.; Van Der Bles, Anne M.

In: Social Psychology, Vol. 49, No. 6, 01.01.2018, p. 311-329.

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Smeekes, A, Jetten, J, Verkuyten, M, Wohl, MJA, Jasinskaja-Lahti, I, Ariyanto, A, Autin, F, Ayub, N, Badea, C, Besta, T, Butera, F, Costa-Lopes, R, Cui, L, Fantini, C, Finchilescu, G, Gaertner, L, Gollwitzer, M, Gómez, Á, González, R, Hong, YY, Jensen, DH, Karasawa, M, Kessler, T, Klein, O, Lima, M, Renvik, TA, Megevand, L, Morton, T, Paladino, P, Polya, T, Ruza, A, Wan Sulaiman, WS, Sharma, S, Teymoori, A, Torres, AR & Van Der Bles, AM 2018, '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, vol. 49, no. 6, pp. 311-329. https://doi.org/10.1027/1864-9335/a000350
Smeekes, Anouk ; Jetten, Jolanda ; Verkuyten, Maykel ; Wohl, Michael J.A. ; Jasinskaja-Lahti, Inga ; Ariyanto, Amarina ; Autin, Frédérique ; Ayub, Nadia ; Badea, Constantina ; Besta, Tomasz ; Butera, Fabrizio ; Costa-Lopes, Rui ; Cui, Lijuan ; Fantini, Carole ; Finchilescu, Gillian ; Gaertner, Lowell ; Gollwitzer, Mario ; Gómez, Ángel ; González, Roberto ; Hong, Ying Yi ; Jensen, Dorthe Høj ; Karasawa, Minoru ; Kessler, Thomas ; Klein, Olivier ; Lima, Marcus ; Renvik, Tuuli A. ; Megevand, Laura ; Morton, Thomas ; Paladino, Paola ; Polya, Tibor ; Ruza, Aleksejs ; Wan Sulaiman, Wan Shahrazad ; Sharma, Sushama ; Teymoori, Ali ; Torres, Ana R. ; Van Der Bles, Anne M. / Regaining In-Group Continuity in Times of Anxiety about the Group's Future : A Study on the Role of Collective Nostalgia Across 27 Countries. In: Social Psychology. 2018 ; Vol. 49, No. 6. pp. 311-329.
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