Adress: Minsk, Belarus
Education and academic positions:
Academic interests: social psychology, psychology of higher education, psychology and ethics of organizational relations, cross-cultural psychology.
"The nationalist, modernist and modernization of values: Empirical Evidence from 85 Countries" (completed)
Brief review of the project
The main purpose of the Margarita’s study is to provide empirical evidence of compatibility of modernist and modernization approaches to nationalism. That aim was realized in two stages. On the first stage country regression analysis was conducted. It was necessary to provide empirically test of the main widely recognized modernist theories of nationalism. The object of that stage was to explain the differences at the individual level. At the second stage of exploration multi-level regression analysis was conducted to test the predictive power of modernization theories at the individual level. The analysis was based on WVS data.
Results of the study specified spheres and limits, where the use of modernist approaches was possible. Also results of the study confirmed the hypothesis that both approaches can be integrated into a general theory of modern epoch nationalism.
"Why So Proud? Individual and Country-Level Predictors of National Pride" (ongoing)
The aim of this research is to develop a multilevel explanatory model of national pride in comparative cross-national perspective. Most scholars consider national pride to be irrational, destructive, inevitable and essentially unpredictable, while empirical research results (e.g. Smith & Kim, 2006) show country-level correlations between national pride and other attitudes and values. However, this kind of correlation analysis does not provide the explanation of individual and cross-country differences in national pride.
The present research attempts to fill this gap by means of a multilevel regression model. The empirical base of the research is the World Values Survey integrated database. The results prove that national pride is not irrational and unpredictable, but embedded in a set of parameters. Many of them, e.g. work ethics or attitudes to innovations and progress, are not directly related to the subject matter of nationalism. Some apparently relevant indicators, such as a country’s Ethnolingustic Fractionalization Index or an individual’s immigrant background, are revealed to have not predictive power for national pride. These results are important not only in explaining variations in the level of national pride, but also in revealing the broader relevance of nationalism studies for other areas of social research.
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