The Middle Child: What Does Moderate Mean? Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • House, Lucie
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
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  • While research demonstrates liberal/conservative self-identification to be a meaningful identity, moderate self-identification is viewed as relatively meaningless. This description is more likely the result of lack of study of moderates, rather than a careful study of the meaning of "moderate." The focus of the present study is to determine whether or not identification with the label "moderate" represents a group identification. This project represents the first formal exploration into the psychological foundations of moderate self identification. This project asks the following very basic question: To what extent does self-categorization as a moderate represent psychological meaningful group identification?In order to answer this question, I use social identity theory to study moderate self categorization. This paper also uses original measures to study the content of the meaning of "moderate." I find that moderate does represent a self-identification, and that there is a distinct pattern of meaning for the category.
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  • Stimson, James
  • MacKuen, Michael
  • Conover, Pamela
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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