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How Ideological Migration Geographically Segregates Groups

Motyl, M., Iyer, R., Oishi, S., Trawalter, S., & Nosek, B. A., How moral migration geographically segregates and polarizes groups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (Forthcoming)

60 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2012 Last revised: 26 Oct 2013

Matt Motyl

University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Illinois at Chicago

Ravi Iyer

University of Southern California

Shigehiro Oishi

University of Virginia - Psychology

Sophie Trawalter

University of Virginia

Brian A. Nosek

University of Virginia

Date Written: October 7, 2012

Abstract

Here, we advance the ideological migration hypothesis — individuals choose to live in communities with ideologies similar to their own to satisfy their need to belong. In Study 1, incongruity between personal and community ideology predicted greater residential mobility and attraction to more ideologically-congruent communities. In Study 2, participants who perceived their ideology to be at odds with their community’s displayed a decreased sense of belonging and an increased desire to migrate. In Studies 3 and 4, participants induced to view their current community as growing more incongruent with their own ideology expressed a decreased sense of belonging and an increased desire to migrate. Ideological migration may contribute to the rise in segregation and polarization of the American electorate.

Keywords: migration, social ecology, morality, politics, residential mobility, voting behavior

Suggested Citation

Motyl, Matt and Iyer, Ravi and Oishi, Shigehiro and Trawalter, Sophie and Nosek, Brian A., How Ideological Migration Geographically Segregates Groups (October 7, 2012). Motyl, M., Iyer, R., Oishi, S., Trawalter, S., & Nosek, B. A., How moral migration geographically segregates and polarizes groups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2158461 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2158461

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Ravi Iyer

University of Southern California ( email )

Shigehiro Oishi

University of Virginia - Psychology ( email )

United States

Sophie Trawalter

University of Virginia ( email )

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Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States

Brian A. Nosek

University of Virginia ( email )

1400 University Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States

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