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Explaining lifelong loyalty: The role of identity fusion and self-shaping group events

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Pledging lifelong loyalty to an ingroup can have far-reaching behavioural effects, ranging from ordinary acts of ingroup kindness to extraordinary acts of self-sacrifice. What motivates this important form of group commitment? Here, we propose one especially potent answer to this question – the experience of a visceral sense of oneness with a group (i.e., identity fusion). In a sample of British football fans, a population in which high levels of lifelong loyalty are thought to be common, we ...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1371/journal.pone.0160427

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University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology
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University of Oxford
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Oxford, SSD, Anthropology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Anthropology
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Public Library of Science Publisher's website
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PLoS One Journal website
Volume:
11
Pages:
e0160427
Publication date:
2016-08-05
Acceptance date:
2016-07-04
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ISSN:
1932-6203
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uuid:82fbaed3-046b-4ba8-a1f1-ef98c3a3c70b
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634335
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pubs:634335

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