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Global social identity and global cooperation.

Authors
  • Buchan, Nancy R1
  • Brewer, Marilynn B
  • Grimalda, Gianluca
  • Wilson, Rick K
  • Fatas, Enrique
  • Foddy, Margaret
  • 1 Sonoco International Business Department, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, 29208, USA. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Psychological Science
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2011
Volume
22
Issue
6
Pages
821–828
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0956797611409590
PMID: 21586763
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This research examined the question of whether the psychology of social identity can motivate cooperation in the context of a global collective. Our data came from a multinational study of choice behavior in a multilevel public-goods dilemma conducted among samples drawn from the general populations of the United States, Italy, Russia, Argentina, South Africa, and Iran. Results demonstrate that an inclusive social identification with the world community is a meaningful psychological construct that plays a role in motivating cooperation that transcends parochial interests. Self-reported identification with the world as a whole predicts behavioral contributions to a global public good beyond what is predicted from expectations about what other people are likely to contribute. Furthermore, global social identification is conceptually distinct from general attitudes about global issues, and has unique effects on cooperative behavior.

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