Laying sound foundations for social identity theory-inspired European Union attitude research: beyond attachment and deeply rooted identities

Mols, Frank and Weber, Martin (2013) Laying sound foundations for social identity theory-inspired European Union attitude research: beyond attachment and deeply rooted identities. Journal of Common Market Studies, 51 3: 505-521. doi:10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02316.x

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Author Mols, Frank
Weber, Martin
Title Laying sound foundations for social identity theory-inspired European Union attitude research: beyond attachment and deeply rooted identities
Journal name Journal of Common Market Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-9886
1468-5965
Publication date 2013-05-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2012.02316.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 51
Issue 3
Start page 505
End page 521
Total pages 17
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract There is a growing body of literature examining the influence of social identification on European Union (EU) attitudes. Broadly speaking, this literature can be divided into two strands. One strand examines the way social identity affects support for EU integration quantitatively, using opinion poll data. The other draws (often loosely) on social constructivism, using qualitative research methods. Social Identity Theory (SIT) is increasingly invoked in both these literatures and this development is to be welcomed. However, so far engagement with SIT has been rather tentative, drawing largely on theoretically impoverished versions of SIT. It is argued in this article that this practice has resulted in SIT's theoretical potential being underutilized. At other times, this has resulted in theoretical confusion because SIT explanations are being used alongside other theories whose premises clash with core SIT assumptions. We conclude that more in-depth engagement with SIT's basic and core tenets will enable quantitative EU identity researchers to move beyond 'attachment' to territorial identities, and allow qualitative EU identity researchers to move beyond 'shared history', 'deeply rooted identities' and 'resonance'.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 16 November 2012.

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