Emotional reactions to success and failure of collective action as predictors of future action intentions: a longitudinal investigation in the context of student protests in Germany

Nicole Tausch*, Julia C. Becker

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Abstract

This research examined how emotional responses to success and failure of collective action relate to willingness to engage in collective action in the future. It was hypothesized that both pride (in relation to a success) and anger (in response to failure) would motivate future collective action. Findings are reported from a two-wave longitudinal study (N= 98) in the context of student protests against tuition fees in Germany, which was conducted before and after collective action had resulted in both a success and a failure. While anger positively predicted action intentions, over and above baseline action intentions, pride exerted a significant indirect effect on action intentions via increased efficacy perceptions, over and above baseline efficacy and action intentions. Politicized identification positively predicted the intensity of both pride and anger and baseline group efficacy positively predicted the intensity of anger. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-542
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Journal of Social Psychology
Volume52
Issue number3
Early online date14 Jun 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013

Keywords

  • Relative Deprivation Theory
  • Group-based anger
  • Quantitative research
  • Action tendencies
  • Political action
  • Social identity
  • Identification
  • Participation
  • Movement
  • Model

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