International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

Collective Action, Perceived Assimilation and Collective Regulation Focus: The Case of Kurdish Peopl

Serap Arslan-Akfirat, mersin university psychology department; Serap Akgün, Mersin University Psychology Department

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: mersin university psychology department
Research Area: Social inequality and social change

Present paper aims to explore the effects of collective regulatory focus on collective action tendency of disadvantaged group members, regarding Kurdish people in Turkey. In general, it is hypothesized that disadvantaged group members’ perceptions of being assimilated within a wide society lead them to take collective action. However, this relationship would be moderated by perceived collective prevention and collective promotion focuses. To test these predictions, a survey study, with 188 (up to now) students at Mersin University who defined themselves as Kurdish, was conducted. Analysis indicates significant three-way interaction effect (collective promotion X collective prevention X perception of  being assimilated) on the tendency to use collective identity management strategies. Simple slope testing shows significant difference between the two of the slopes, which implicates that even if perception of being assimilated is low, group members still tend to act collectively, when they define their group as guided by high collective prevention and high collective promotion focuses at the same time. However, when perception of being assimilated is high, group members tend to act collectively when they define their group as guied by high collective prevention focus, independent from whether collective promotion is high or low.