Nostalgia for America's past can buffer collective guilt

Matthew Baldwin, Mark H. White, Daniel L Sullivan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This research examined when, and for whom, American collective nostalgia can relieve feelings of collective guilt. In the Pilot Study, path analyses revealed that national glorification is associated with collective nostalgia, and collective nostalgia is associated with lower collective guilt. Our experimental studies test the role of these variables in determining responses to the elevated salience of past ingroup harm doing. Collective nostalgia was associated with lower collective guilt especially after reminders of America's harm doing in Study 1. In Study 2 we predicted and showed that reminders of American harm doing would evoke spontaneous collective nostalgia for participants high in national glorification. The remaining studies tested the hypothesis that collective nostalgia serves to buffer collective guilt. Collective guilt was lower after reminders of past harm doing for participants who engaged in collective nostalgia (Study 3), and this was especially pronounced for participants high in national glorification (Study 4).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)433-446
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

Fingerprint

Guilt
Buffers
Emotions
Research

Keywords

  • collective guilt
  • collective nostalgia
  • group processes
  • intergroup relations
  • national identification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

Cite this

Nostalgia for America's past can buffer collective guilt. / Baldwin, Matthew; White, Mark H.; Sullivan, Daniel L.

In: European Journal of Social Psychology, Vol. 48, No. 4, 01.06.2018, p. 433-446.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Baldwin, Matthew ; White, Mark H. ; Sullivan, Daniel L. / Nostalgia for America's past can buffer collective guilt. In: European Journal of Social Psychology. 2018 ; Vol. 48, No. 4. pp. 433-446.
@article{14b0bd980b3e4f5ea750b3ba28c50ace,
title = "Nostalgia for America's past can buffer collective guilt",
abstract = "This research examined when, and for whom, American collective nostalgia can relieve feelings of collective guilt. In the Pilot Study, path analyses revealed that national glorification is associated with collective nostalgia, and collective nostalgia is associated with lower collective guilt. Our experimental studies test the role of these variables in determining responses to the elevated salience of past ingroup harm doing. Collective nostalgia was associated with lower collective guilt especially after reminders of America's harm doing in Study 1. In Study 2 we predicted and showed that reminders of American harm doing would evoke spontaneous collective nostalgia for participants high in national glorification. The remaining studies tested the hypothesis that collective nostalgia serves to buffer collective guilt. Collective guilt was lower after reminders of past harm doing for participants who engaged in collective nostalgia (Study 3), and this was especially pronounced for participants high in national glorification (Study 4).",
keywords = "collective guilt, collective nostalgia, group processes, intergroup relations, national identification",
author = "Matthew Baldwin and White, {Mark H.} and Sullivan, {Daniel L}",
year = "2018",
month = "6",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1002/ejsp.2348",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "48",
pages = "433--446",
journal = "European Journal of Social Psychology",
issn = "0046-2772",
publisher = "John Wiley and Sons Ltd",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Nostalgia for America's past can buffer collective guilt

AU - Baldwin, Matthew

AU - White, Mark H.

AU - Sullivan, Daniel L

PY - 2018/6/1

Y1 - 2018/6/1

N2 - This research examined when, and for whom, American collective nostalgia can relieve feelings of collective guilt. In the Pilot Study, path analyses revealed that national glorification is associated with collective nostalgia, and collective nostalgia is associated with lower collective guilt. Our experimental studies test the role of these variables in determining responses to the elevated salience of past ingroup harm doing. Collective nostalgia was associated with lower collective guilt especially after reminders of America's harm doing in Study 1. In Study 2 we predicted and showed that reminders of American harm doing would evoke spontaneous collective nostalgia for participants high in national glorification. The remaining studies tested the hypothesis that collective nostalgia serves to buffer collective guilt. Collective guilt was lower after reminders of past harm doing for participants who engaged in collective nostalgia (Study 3), and this was especially pronounced for participants high in national glorification (Study 4).

AB - This research examined when, and for whom, American collective nostalgia can relieve feelings of collective guilt. In the Pilot Study, path analyses revealed that national glorification is associated with collective nostalgia, and collective nostalgia is associated with lower collective guilt. Our experimental studies test the role of these variables in determining responses to the elevated salience of past ingroup harm doing. Collective nostalgia was associated with lower collective guilt especially after reminders of America's harm doing in Study 1. In Study 2 we predicted and showed that reminders of American harm doing would evoke spontaneous collective nostalgia for participants high in national glorification. The remaining studies tested the hypothesis that collective nostalgia serves to buffer collective guilt. Collective guilt was lower after reminders of past harm doing for participants who engaged in collective nostalgia (Study 3), and this was especially pronounced for participants high in national glorification (Study 4).

KW - collective guilt

KW - collective nostalgia

KW - group processes

KW - intergroup relations

KW - national identification

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85045027887&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85045027887&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1002/ejsp.2348

DO - 10.1002/ejsp.2348

M3 - Article

VL - 48

SP - 433

EP - 446

JO - European Journal of Social Psychology

JF - European Journal of Social Psychology

SN - 0046-2772

IS - 4

ER -