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Influence of a Social Group

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Human individuals are simultaneously members of several social groups. Those groups can have different agendas. Not only that each group has favorite goals, but also those goals can be contradictory.

A person in our modern societies always belongs to different social groups.

For instance the same person may act as an employee, car driver, club member, father and so on. That feelings towards a group may change rapidly and unconsciously is common knowledge. That this influences political judgments was shown in a study[1]. Randomly selected passerbys were asked in front of a church or some other rather neutral building. The questionnaire included controversial political issues such as homosexuality. When asked near a church the answers were more compliant with religious ideologies.

Tags: Anthropology Ideology Religion

Categories: Psychology Sociology


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