Contents of Turkish identity, national-social identifications, and inter-group relations in Turkey

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2013
Taşdemir, Nagihan
This thesis investigated the relationships between contents of Turkish identity, national social identifications, and perceptions of inter-group relations in Turkey. 64 university students participated in Study 1, which explored contents of Turkish identity as Definitions of Turkish In-group Boundaries, Characteristics of Turkish Identity, Meanings of Having a Turkish Identity, and Turkish In-group’s Relations with Others. 324 university students participated in Study 2, which showed that National Participation predicted Kurdish group evaluation and perceived Cultural, Realistic, and Esteem threats and Conflict. National Essentialism was not a significant predictor. View of Turkish Identity as Unprejudiced predicted Turkish group evaluation and perceptıons of Cultural and Realistic threats and Conflict. Turkish Identity as a Superordinate Identity predicted perceptions of Cultural and Esteem threats and Conflict. Distinctiveness of Turkish Identity predicted European group evaluation. Entitativity of Turkish Identity predicted perception of Conflict. Glorification of Turkish Identity predicted Kurdish group evaluation and perceptions of Cultural and Realistic threats and Conflict. Power and Independency of Turkish Identity predicted Turkish group evaluation. Negative Attributes of Turkish Identity predicted Turkish group evaluation and perception of Esteem threat. Power, Independency, and Continuity of Turkish identity interacted with Turkish identification in the prediction of perception of Conflict. Negative Attributes and Power of Turkish Identity interacted with Turkish identification in the prediction of Turkish group evaluation. Results showed significant indirect effects through perceived conflict from National Participation, Glorification of Turkish Identity, and European identification to Kurdish group evaluation. The relationship between View of Turkish Identity as Unprejudiced and Turkish group evaluation was significantly and partly mediated by perceived Cultural and Realistic threats.

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N. Taşdemir, “Contents of Turkish identity, national-social identifications, and inter-group relations in Turkey,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2013.