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Identities, Interests, and Emotions: Symbolic versus Material Wellsprings of Fear, Anger, and Enthusiasm

Ted Braider and Nicholas A. Valentino

in The Affect Effect

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780226574417
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226574431 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226574431.003.0008
Identities, Interests, and Emotions: Symbolic versus Material Wellsprings of Fear, Anger, and Enthusiasm

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This chapter deals with the issue of whether emotion serves to improve the human capacity for judgment or to degrade it, and also reports the antecedents of emotional reactions to an important contemporary political issue: immigration. Enthusiasm and fear are the major emotions of affective intelligence theory. Moreover, the individual precursors of enthusiasm, fear, and anger about immigration among U.S. citizens are explored. Anti-Hispanic prejudice is strongly and negatively associated with enthusiasm about increased immigration, whereas Republican Party identification predicts a more modest but still rather sizeable decline in enthusiasm. It shows that nationalism is positively associated with enthusiasm. Moreover, the relationship between prejudice toward Hispanics and all three emotions is consistently strong. In fact, prejudice is the most potent predictor by far in every case.

Keywords: immigration; enthusiasm; fear; anger; U.S. citizens; prejudice; Republican Party; nationalism

Chapter.  7863 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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