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“It’s all about our great Queen”: The British National Anthem and National Identity in 8- to 10-year-old children.

Winstone, N and Witherspoon, K (2015) “It’s all about our great Queen”: The British National Anthem and National Identity in 8- to 10-year-old children. Psychology of Music.

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Abstract

National anthems are salient representations of nation states, used to define social and personal boundaries (Folkestad, 2002). Whilst children develop knowledge of national symbols such as national anthems by the age of 5 (Jahoda, 1963), little is known about how a national anthem contributes to a sense of national identity, or the affective reactions elicited by hearing it. Two exploratory studies investigated 8–10-year-old children’s (N = 92) thoughts, feelings and associations when listening to the British National Anthem, in comparison to pieces of music varying in their degree of national salience. The 10-year-old children generated more national associations to the National Anthem than younger children. More national associations were generated to the National Anthem by children with high, as opposed to low, national identity, but only for the 9- and 10-year-old children. It is argued that the National Anthem might play a role in the maintenance and validation of national identity, but that there are developmental effects operating within this relationship.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Winstone, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Witherspoon, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 21 January 2015
Identification Number : 10.1177/0305735614565831
Additional Information : Copyright 2015 Sage Publications
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 Feb 2016 16:45
Last Modified : 02 Feb 2016 16:45
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809628

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