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Remembering America's Immigration History: The Role of Flags

 

Theme: Microaggressions: Conceptual, Research, and Practice/Intervention Implications; Freedom of Expression and Race: Considerations, Tensions, and Contradictions
Project Title: Remembering America's Immigration History: The Role of Flags
GranteeSahana Mukherjee, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Gettysburg College
Grant Period: January-June 2018

Abstract
My objective is to examine whether exposure to a ubiquitous cultural product—US national flag—amplifies people’s reactions towards immigration historical representations. My prior work has shown that exposure to critical (versus nation-glorifying) narratives that highlight historical injustices decreased endorsement of assimilationist identity (defining American identity in terms of assimilation to Euro-centric standards) and increased perceptions of present-day injustices. These effects only occurred in the presence (vs. absence) of the flag. This project extends my prior work by examining how and why exposure to flag moderates people’s reactions towards immigration historical representations.