Are Patriots Bigots? An Inquiry into the Vices of In-Group Pride

American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 47, pp. 171-188, 2003

18 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2011

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Zachary Elkins

University of Texas, Austin

Rui J.P. de Figueiredo

University of California, Berkeley - Business & Public Policy Group

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

One view in the study of intergroup conflict is that pride implies prejudice. However, an increasing number of scholars have come to view in-group pride more benignly, suggesting that pride can be accompanied by a full range of feelings toward the out-group. In this article, we focus on a substantively interesting case of in-group/out-group attitudes - national pride and hostility towards immigrants. We explore the relationship in two fundamental ways: first by examining the prejudice associated with various dimensions of pride, and second by embedding these relationships in a comprehensive model of prejudice. We find that national pride is most validly measured with two dimensions - patriotism and nationalism - two dimensions that have very different relationships with prejudice. While nationalists have a strong predilection for hostility towards immigrants, patriots show no more prejudice than does the average citizen.

Suggested Citation

Elkins, Zachary and de Figueiredo, Rui José P., Are Patriots Bigots? An Inquiry into the Vices of In-Group Pride (2003). American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 47, pp. 171-188, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1920318

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