Vessels with Gold or Guilt: Emotional Reactions to Family Involvement Associated with Glorious or Gloomy Aspects of the Colonial Past

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Zebel, Sven; Pennekamp, Sjoerd F.; Zomeren, Martijn van; Doosje, Bertjan; Kleef, Gerben A. van; Vliek, Michael L. W.; Schalk, Job van der

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Abstract In two studies we examined whether forging a psychological bond with a nation’s colonization past facilitates the experience of positive and negative group-based self-conscious emotions as a function of a positive or negative manipulation of this past. Because people need to belong, we hypothesized that stronger family involvement in a nation’s colonization past (i.e. involved ancestors) evokes stronger a positive self-conscious emotions after positive descriptions of the nation’s colonizing past, and stronger negative self-conscious emotions after negative descriptions. In Study 1, we found support for these hypotheses in a real-life setting in which Dutch people actually found out whether their ancestors were involved in the colonization of Indonesia or not. In Study 2, we manipulated family involvement and valence of the past. Results offered support for the tested hypotheses. Implications of the results are discussed in relation to theories on identity and emotion.
Free Keywords emotions; family; involvement; past; valence
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 71-86
Journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 10 (2007) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1368430207071342
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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