I would like to thank Eileen Zurbriggen, Nicolay Gausel, Valerie Earnshaw, Aarti Iyer, and two anonymous reviewers for their comments on previous drafts of this article.
The Person in Political Emotion
Article first published online: 12 OCT 2010
© 2010 The Author. Journal of Personality © 2010, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Personality
Special Issue: Personality and Politics
Volume 78, Issue 6, pages 1827–1860, December 2010
How to Cite
Leach, C. W. (2010), The Person in Political Emotion. Journal of Personality, 78: 1827–1860. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2010.00671.x
- Issue published online: 4 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 12 OCT 2010
ABSTRACT Recent social psychological theory and research on political issues has returned to once-popular concepts such as political emotion and ideology. Strikingly, however, this work tends to avoid the notion of personality and explicit reference to individual differences. For example, the numerous studies that examine correlations between political beliefs, feelings, and preferences rarely acknowledge that such associations show an ideological coherence in individuals. Instead, correlations between abstract constructs are interpreted as suggesting causal processes. Individuals, and their responses, are aggregated to generate such correlations but remain for the most part unexamined and unmentioned. I discuss 5 practices in research and reporting that make it difficult to find the person in correlational models of political emotion. I use my own research to illustrate these practices and to show how attention to macrolevel forces such as group membership, status, and structure may be integrated with attention to the individual person and meaningful aggregates.