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On Behalf of OthersThe Psychology of Care in a Global World$
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Sarah Scuzzarello, Catarine Kinnvall, and Kristen R. Monroe

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385557.001.0001

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Social Identifications and Pro-Social Activity in Poland

Social Identifications and Pro-Social Activity in Poland

(p.163) Chapter 8 Social Identifications and Pro-Social Activity in Poland
On Behalf of Others

Katarzyna Hamer

Jakub Gutowski

Oxford University Press

Globalization has opened up the possibility of widening an individual’s sense of belonging to broader and perhaps more abstract commonalities, such as Europe or humanity. The more locally bounded identities, such as identification with one’s nation or family, coexist with broader conceptual understandings of the world as a whole. The chapter discusses whether a sense of commonality with all humanity could foster prosocial behavior. Working from the Polish context the chapter analyzes the extent to which the recent accession to the European Union has fostered wider forms of identification among Poles. The study shows that people identify more strongly with those who are close to them, such as family or friends. However, a strong correlation between prosocial behavior and identification with all humanity is found, thus confirming the chapter’s theoretical argument.

Keywords:   globalization, Social Identity Theory, prosocial behavior, Poland, collective identity, identification with humanity

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