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Identities, Interests, and Emotions: Symbolic versus Material Wellsprings of Fear, Anger, and Enthusiasm

Identities, Interests, and Emotions: Symbolic versus Material Wellsprings of Fear, Anger, and Enthusiasm

Chapter:
(p.180) Chapter Eight Identities, Interests, and Emotions: Symbolic versus Material Wellsprings of Fear, Anger, and Enthusiasm
Source:
The Affect Effect
Author(s):
Ted BraiderNicholas A. Valentino
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226574431.003.0008

This chapter deals with the issue of whether emotion serves to improve the human capacity for judgment or to degrade it, and also reports the antecedents of emotional reactions to an important contemporary political issue: immigration. Enthusiasm and fear are the major emotions of affective intelligence theory. Moreover, the individual precursors of enthusiasm, fear, and anger about immigration among U.S. citizens are explored. Anti-Hispanic prejudice is strongly and negatively associated with enthusiasm about increased immigration, whereas Republican Party identification predicts a more modest but still rather sizeable decline in enthusiasm. It shows that nationalism is positively associated with enthusiasm. Moreover, the relationship between prejudice toward Hispanics and all three emotions is consistently strong. In fact, prejudice is the most potent predictor by far in every case.

Keywords:   immigration, enthusiasm, fear, anger, U.S. citizens, prejudice, Republican Party, nationalism

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