Global identification helps increase identity integration among Turkish gay men

Koc, Yasin and Vignoles, Vivian L (2018) Global identification helps increase identity integration among Turkish gay men. Psychology & Sexuality, 9 (4). pp. 329-342. ISSN 1941-9899

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Globalisation provides novel contexts for individuals to express and transform their identities in ways that may not be available in their local cultures. For gay men living in cultures where traditional masculinity norms prescribe heterosexuality and the rejection of homosexuality, gay-male identity is inherently threatened. However, adopting an identity as a ‘global citizen’ may increase the compatibility between gay and male identities, and hence augment well-being. We conducted an experiment with a community sample of 220 gay men in Turkey, manipulating pro- and anti-globalisation world views. Priming with pro-globalisation world views increased people’s identification as global citizens, and thus indirectly led to higher gay-male identity integration. Identity integration, in turn, predicted higher subjective well-being. This study brings the first experimental evidence on the link between global identification and gay-male identity integration. Beyond its local focus on the cultural context of Turkey, it highlights the importance of an intersectional approach to studying social identities by showing how the compatibility of two social identities can be increased by adopting a third social identity.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Global identification, gay-male identity integration, gay-affirmative social contexts, sexual identity, intersectionality
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Anna Hobbs
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2018 15:05
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 13:37

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