Senior Honors Projects, 2020-current
Intercorrelations between essentialist beliefs and the social identities of religion, political affiliation, and nationality
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Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department of Psychology
Benjamin T. Blankenship
In this study, I investigated the relationships between political identity, religious identity, and national identity, as well as related attitudes about essentialism. I hypothesized that having essentialist attitudes about one identity group will correlate with having essentialist attitudes about other identities. I also predicted that the more important an identity is to one’s sense of self, the more likely they will be to hold essentialist attitudes about that identity. Finally, I predicted that having a Republican identity positively correlates with essentialist views of one’s national identity. In this paper, I discuss the theoretical basis, as well as the method, sampling procedures, limitations, and future directions.
Deree, Truman, "Intercorrelations between essentialist beliefs and the social identities of religion, political affiliation, and nationality" (2022). Senior Honors Projects, 2020-current. 145.