Comparative quantitative study on national identity in contemporary social psychology



The article presents a review of quantitative comparative cross-cultural studies on national identity conducted by psychologists during the last two decades. It considers the relation of theoretical and methodological grounds of these studies with the general agenda of the contemporary social psychology, interdisciplinary studies on nations and nationalism, and empirical resources of cross-national surveys. The relevant publications demonstrate the prevalence of descriptive approach in psychological studies, while sociology and political science mostly use the explanatory research approach on factors affecting the national identity. Nevertheless, the explanatory research results reveal the underestimated cross-cultural variability of correlations between national identity components and the correspondence of these components to essentially different cognitive mechanisms. To fulfil the potential of their discipline, cross-cultural psychologists studying national identity should explore relations of national identity with basic values and attitudes with paying a special attention to cross-level interaction effects and social dynamics.

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Keywords: cross-cultural psychology, mass consciousness, national identity, nationalism, patriotism

Journal rubric: Social Psychology

Article type: scientific article


Funding. This work is an output of a research project implemented as part of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE).

For citation: Fabrykant M.S. Comparative quantitative study on national identity in contemporary social psychology [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2018. Vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 22–31. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2018070403. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Marharyta S. Fabrykant, PhD in Psychology, PhD in Sociology, Leading Research Fellow, Laboratory for Comparative Studies of Mass Consciousness of the Expert Institute, HSE University, Chair of Social and Organizational Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus, ORCID:, e-mail:



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