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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (5): 857-865.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.00857

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National Identification in an Age of Globalization: Identity Content and Its Effect on Intergroup Behavior

YU Haitao;ZHANG Yanjun;QIAO Qincai   

  1. (1 Teachers College, Shihezi University, Shihezi, Xinjiang, 832003, China) (2 Center for Psychological Application, Shihezi University, Shihezi, Xinjiang, 832003, China) (3 School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 100875, China)
  • Received:2013-12-02 Online:2014-05-15 Published:2014-05-15
  • Contact: YU Haitao1,2; ZHANG Yanjun3; QIAO Qincai1 (1 Teachers College,


With the advancement of globalization, national identification once again became the focus of social psychology researches. Whether did globalization weaken or strengthen national identification, was not only related to the specific content of national identification, also related to the level of national globalization. At the same time, the individual’s attitudes to out-groups, not only was affected by the group size, also was moderated by identity content. People who endorsed a definition of national belonging based on language, religion, culture, hold a negative attitude to out-groups. People who defined the nation in terms of citizenship, hold a positive attitude to out-groups. The future research should focus on the following aspects: to integrate the content of national identification, to clarify the developing track of national identification, to expand the research methods, and to develop the indigenization research.

Key words: globalization, national identification, identity content, civic identity, intergroup behavior