The Social Consequences of Collective Emotions: National Identification, Solidarity, and Out-Group Derogation
Christian von Scheve, Manuela Beyer, Sven Ismer – 2014
This chapter elaborates on various effects of collective emotions on larger social units with a special emphasis on nations and the imagined national community. Based on Durkheim’s theoretical framework, we discuss empirical evidence regarding influence of collective emotions on national identification and emotional climate, on the perception of national symbols, and on the rejection and derogation of out-groups. Empirical evidence largely supports a positive association of collective emotions with national identification, emotional climate, and the perception of national symbols. Results on out-group derogation and rejection, however, are less conclusive.