The CSDC Speaker Series Presents:
“When Common Identities Decrease Trust: An Experimental Study of Democratic and Republican Women”
Professor Samara Klar (University of Arizona)
You can learn more about Professor Klar by clicking here.
Friday, April 7, 2017 at 2:00pm
Boardroom 404, Thomson House, McGill University
3650 McTavish Street, Montreal H3A 1Y2
All are Welcome. Free admission.
The talk will be followed by a reception.
The talk will be streamed at https://connect.mcgill.ca/r7fmip91a3e/
American partisans hold strong preferences for members of their own party and even express personal distrust towards members of the opposing party. Nevertheless, other group memberships exist simultaneously – such as race, ethnicity, or gender – and these identities cut across partisanship. When Democrats and Republicans share a common social identity does this engender trust between them, or does it fuel further distrust? Relying on economic theories of identity loss and literature on the origins of inter-group rivalry, I theorize and demonstrate that when policies are framed in terms of gender, sharing a common gender identity in fact exacerbates distrust between female Democrats and Republicans. This study includes three experiments conducted on a sample of 2,100 American women. The findings hold direct implications for the influence of women in political positions and it provides new advances into our understanding of how rivals with cross-cutting identities interact in political settings.
The talk will be in English.