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Reference: Whitehouse, H, Newson, M and Buhrmester, M et al., (2016). Explaining lifelong loyalty: The role of identity fusion and self-shaping group events. PLoS One, 11, e0160427.Citable link to this page:

 

Explaining lifelong loyalty: The role of identity fusion and self-shaping group events

Abstract: Pledging lifelong loyalty to an ingroup can have far-reaching behavioural effects, ranging from ordinary acts of ingroup kindness to extraordinary acts of self-sacrifice. What motivates this important form of group commitment? Here, we propose one especially potent answer to this question – the experience of a visceral sense of oneness with a group (i.e., identity fusion). In a sample of British football fans, a population in which high levels of lifelong loyalty are thought to be common, we first examined the hypothesised relationship between fusion and perceptions of lifelong loyalty to one’s club. We further explored the hypothesis that fusion and lifelong loyalty are not merely a reflection of past time investment in a group, but also reflect a deeper, memory-based process of feeling personally shaped by key group events, both euphoric and dysphoric. We found broad support for these hypotheses. Results suggest that feeling personally self-shaped by club events (e.g., crucial wins and losses), rather than time invested in the club, leads to greater identity fusion to one’s club. In turn, fusion engenders a sense of lifelong club loyalty. We discuss our findings in relation to the growing literature on the experiential origins of intense social cohesion.

Publication status:PublishedPeer Review status:Peer reviewedVersion:Publisher's versionDate of acceptance:2016-07-04 Funder: John Templeton Foundation   Notes:© 2016 Newson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Publisher: Public Library of Science

Publisher Website: http://www.plos.org/

Journal: PLoS Onesee more from them

Publication Website: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/

Volume: 11

Issue: 8

Extent: e0160427

Issue Date: 2016-08

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Urn: uuid:82fbaed3-046b-4ba8-a1f1-ef98c3a3c70b

Issn: 1932-6203

Source identifier: 634335

Doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0160427 Item Description

Type: Journal article;

Version: Publisher's version Tiny URL: pubs:634335

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Author: Whitehouse, H - institutionUniversity of Oxford Oxford, SSD, Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology grantNumberRES-060-25

Source: https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:82fbaed3-046b-4ba8-a1f1-ef98c3a3c70b



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