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How Ideological Migration Geographically Segregates Groups


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

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)

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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.

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


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Date posted: October 8, 2012 ; Last revised: October 26, 2013

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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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