Social identity and spatial behaviour: The relationship between national category salience, the sense of home, and labour mobility across national boundaries

Stephen Reicher, Nick Hopkins, Kate Harrison

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    This study explores the impact of manipulating the salience of national categories upon the willingness of highly identifying Scots to take up either short-term or long-term jobs in Scotland as compared to England. The results support the hypotheses (a) that high-identifying Scots increase preference for intra- over extranational locations when national categories are salient, (b) that this effect is fully mediated by "fitting in"-that is, the sense of being "at home" in Scottish as compared to English locations, and (c) that these relationships only hold for long-term as opposed to short-term jobs. We discuss these results in terms of the impact of identity definitions upon spatialised action and the economic/political importance of this relationship.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)247-263
    Number of pages17
    JournalPolitical Psychology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006

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