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The language barrier? context, identity, and support for political goals in minority ethnolinguistic groups

Livingstone, Andrew George, Manstead, Antony Stephen Reid, Spears, Russell and Bowen, Dafydd Rhys 2011. The language barrier? context, identity, and support for political goals in minority ethnolinguistic groups. British Journal of Social Psychology 50 (4) , pp. 747-768. 10.1348/014466610X529907

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n two studies, we tested the hypothesis that not having a potentially group-defining attribute (e.g., in-group language) can affect social identification and support for group goals (e.g., national autonomy). Focusing on the Welsh minority in the UK, Study 1 provided evidence that Welsh language fluency predicted Welsh identification and support for national autonomy, and that identification accounted for the language–autonomy association. Study 2 extended this by (1) examining British and English as well as Welsh identification; and (2) quasi-manipulating the surrounding context (Welsh speaking vs. non-Welsh speaking). As predicted, low Welsh language fluency predicted stronger British and English identification, but only where language was criterial (Welsh-speaking regions). British identification, in turn, predicted lower support for national autonomy. Implications and prospects for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Additional Information: Special Issue: Innovation in Theory and Research on Collective Action and Social Change
ISSN: 0144-6665
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 07:58

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