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October 2021

''For God and country'' - Religion and the endorsement of national self-stereotypes

Author(s): Branscombe, N. R., Jackson, L. M.

Journal/Book: J Cross Cult Psychol. 2000; 31: 2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320, USA. Sage Publications Inc. 517-527.

Abstract: To assess the relationship between personal religious motivation and spontaneous thoughts about one's nation, Canadian and American undergraduates completed a measure of religious orientation, and both listed and rated the importance of self-generated thoughts about their respective countries. Among Americans, intrinsic orientation predicted greater ascribed importance to the national heritage (e.g., freedom, equal opportunity, tradition, and family) and to official national symbols such as the flag. Among Canadians, intrinsic orientation predicted greater ascribed importance to multiculturalism but was unrelated to the enshrining of national symbols. Thus, in both cases, intrinsic religion was associated with the endorsement of ideological components of the nation's dominant self-stereotype.

Note: Article Burris CT, St Jeromes Univ, Dept Psychol, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G3, CANADA

Keyword(s): SCALE

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