Children’s Ethno-National Flag Categories in Three Divided Societies

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Title: Children’s Ethno-National Flag Categories in Three Divided Societies
Authors: Dautel, JocelynMaloku, EdonaTomovska Misoska, AnaTaylor, Laura K.
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Date: 11-Dec-2020
Online since: 2021-05-12T10:13:56Z
Abstract: Flags are conceptual representations of group membership that can prime nationalism and allegiance to one’s group (Butz, 2009; Firth, 1973). Flags of rival groups in post-accord societies may fuel further divisions (Bryson & McCartney, 1994; Holmes & Cagle, 2000; Jarman, 1997; Morris, 2005). Yet, in settings of historic intergroup conflict, flags may also symbolize unity and peace. For instance, in Bolivia, the Wiphala flag holds dual status with the Bolivian flag; flown side by side, these flags symbolize unity with the indigenous minority population (Flesken, 2014). In Kosovo, the creation of a new flag after the break from Yugoslavia symbolized the formation of a new subordinate national identity—the Kosovar identity (Maloku, Derks, Van Laar, & Ellemers, 2016). Given these multiple meanings and representations, investigating children’s understanding of the symbolic content of flags representing conflict-related groups and national allegiances can shed light on early conceptions of nationality. Framed by Social Identity Development Theory (SIDT; Nesdale, 1999; 2004), we investigate the development of categorization of, and preferences for, ethnic flags in three post-accord societies: Northern Ireland (NI), the Republic of North Macedonia (RNM), and Kosovo.
Funding Details: School of Psychology Research Incentivisation Scheme
Department for the Economy (DfE) - Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF)
British Psychological Society, Social Psychology Section, Pump-priming and Dissemination Fund
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Brill
Journal: Journal of Cognition and Culture
Volume: 20
Issue: 5
Start page: 373
End page: 402
Copyright (published version): 2021 Brill
Keywords: Social cognitionNationalityFlagsIntergroup conflict
DOI: 10.1163/15685373-12340090
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 1567-7095
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