International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

2R Intergroup Attitudes and Desire for Political Action in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Palestine

(Session Organizer) Felicia Pratto, University of Connecticut; (Chair) Fouad Bou Zeinnedine, University of Connecticut; (Chair) Felicia Pratto, University of Connecticut

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: University of Connecticut
Research Area: Intergroup relations

One of the most politically dynamic places in the world at present are the Arab states, yet relatively little political psychology research is conducted in Arab nations. The present symposium uses random sample surveys of about 200 people each collected in three Arab capitals: Damascus, Beirut, and Cairo, and 200 additional Palestinian respondents from the West Bank or Gaza in spring, 2010. The different papers test different theoretical models, but all are concerned with how beliefs about group positions, including Arabs’ relation to the US and people’s ability to influence their own society, correspond to the kinds of political actions they prefer and their socio-political attitudes and emotions. First, to examine how domestic politics are influenced by the international context, Pratto et al. examine how Lebanese and Syrian respondents’ degree of opposition to US global domination and feeling that they are cared for by their governments influence support for their own government and for Hezbollah. Second, Kteily et al. examine when the perception that the West is attacking Islam is especially mobilized by religious identification or pan-Arab identification to motivate different kinds of violent or non-violent actions against the U.S. Third, Bou Zeinnedine et al. examine how belief that change in power relations between Arabs and the US is possible moderates how much belief that the power relation is wrong motivates desire to take action re the U.S. Finally, Levin et al. examine an extension of Duckitt’s Dual Process Model to predict anti-American attitudes and contempt and disgust toward Americans.