Cultural Identity Threat: The Role of Cultural Identifications in Moderating Closure Responses to Foreign Cultural Inflow. Journal of Social Issues.
Coauthor(s): Michael W. Morris, Aurelia Mok & Shira Mor
Political theorists of globalization have argued that foreign inflows to a society can give rise to collective-identity closure, social movements aiming to narrow the ingroup and exclude minorities. In the present research we investigate whether exposure to foreign culture mixing with one’s heritage culture can evoke the psychology state of need for closure, which is known to engender ethnocentric social judgments. Based on a proposed identity threat mechanism, we tested the hypothesis that exposure to situations mixing foreign and heritage cultures would evoke need for closure for individuals with low foreign identification but not those with high foreign identification. An experiment with Hong Kong Chinese students varied linguistic and visual cues of Western and Chinese culture and found, as predicted, that exposure to mixed Western/Chinese conditions elevated need for closure for those low in Western identification but not those high in Western identification.
Michael W. Morris, Aurelia Mok & Shira Mor "Cultural Identity Threat: The Role of Cultural Identifications in Moderating Closure Responses to Foreign Cultural Inflow. Journal of Social Issues. ." Journal of Social Issues (2011).