The Social and Political Implications of Moral Conviction

@article{Skitka2014TheSA,
  title={The Social and Political Implications of Moral Conviction},
  author={Linda J. Skitka and G. Scott Morgan},
  journal={Political Psychology},
  year={2014},
  volume={35},
  pages={95-110}
}
Scholars often assume that some issues globally evoke moral reactions, whether these issues are presented as moral dilemmas (e.g., trolley problems) or as controversial issues of the day (e.g., the legal status of abortion). There is considerable individual variation, however, in the degree that people report that their position on specific issues reflects a core moral conviction. This chapter reviews theory and research that explores the role moral conviction plays in predicting people's… Expand
Moral Conviction, Emotion, and the Influence of Episodic versus Thematic Frames
ABSTRACT Morally convicted attitudes—attitudes grounded in core beliefs about fundamental right and wrong—play an important role in political psychology, public opinion, and political behavior.Expand
Moralization and intolerance of ideological outgroups
Moral conflicts are pervasive and potentially corrosive to democratic politics; however little is known about where moral convictions come from. We review evidence for the role of emotions, beliefs,Expand
Moralization and the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election Campaign
People vary in the extent to which they imbue an attitude with moral conviction; however, little is known about what makes an issue transform from a relatively non-moral preference to a moralExpand
How Emotional Frames Moralize and Polarize Political Attitudes
Moralized issues, such as abortion and same-sex marriage, are some of the most polarizing and divisive issues in politics. These topics motivate political engagement but present a barrier toExpand
The Importance of Protesters’ Morals: Moral Obligation as a Key Variable to Understand Collective Action
TLDR
Results are encouraging, showing not only that moral obligation is different to moral conviction and moral norm, but also that it is a more effective predictor working both for intention and real participation. Expand
Pluralistic morality and collective action: The role of moral foundations
Starting from the pluralistic view of morality proposed by the moral foundations theory, this paper aims at highlighting the plurality of personal moral concerns that may drive people to collectiveExpand
Political Ideology, the Moralizing of Income Inequality, and Its Social Consequences
Income inequality is at its highest level in decades and is a key political and social issue in the U.S. today. However, there is a stark partisan divide on whether and how to address incomeExpand
The roles of disgust and harm perception in political attitude moralization
TLDR
Investigative analyses investigating whether emotion and harm predicted increases in moral conviction over time found that neither disgust, anger, nor sadness had an effect on moralization, whereas perceptions of harm did predict moralization. Expand
The effect of moral loss and gain mindset on confronting racism
Abstract In the present research, we tested whether the prospect of moral failure or moral gain can motivate (some) people to confront racism. We investigated the influence of moral loss and moralExpand
The challenge of heritability: genetic determinants of beliefs and their implications
ABSTRACT Ethical and political attitudes are not randomly distributed in a population. Attitudes of family members, for example, tend to be more similar than those of a random sample of the sameExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 84 REFERENCES
The Psychology of Moral Conviction
This paper reviews current theory and research that indicates that attitudes held with strong moral conviction (‘moral mandates’) represent something psychologically distinct from other constructsExpand
The psychological foundations and consequences of moral conviction
Moral conviction refers to a meta-cognitive belief that a given position is based on one's core moral beliefs and convictions. Attitudes that are high in moral conviction (‘moral mandates’) differExpand
Limits on legitimacy: moral and religious convictions as constraints on deference to authority.
TLDR
Testing compliance with and reactions to legitimate authorities in the context of a natural experiment that tracked public opinion before and after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case that challenged states' rights to legalize physician-assisted suicide indicated citizens' degree of moral conviction predicted post-ruling perceptions of outcome fairness, decision acceptance, and changes in perceptions of the Court's legitimacy. Expand
Gut Reactions
TLDR
A survey of a nationally representative sample of Americans that assessed the degree to which people trusted the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the legal status of physician-assisted suicide indicated that greater religiosity was associated with greater trust in the Uzbekistan government and the processes underlying religious trust and distrust based on moral convictions were more quick and visceral than slow and carefully considered. Expand
The Dark Side of Moral Conviction
Moral conviction forms the foundation for strong, morally vested attitudes and beliefs (i.e., “moral mandates”) that have high action potential because they are “oughts” and “shoulds.” Although moralExpand
On conviction's collective consequences: integrating moral conviction with the social identity model of collective action.
TLDR
It is proposed that moral convictions have a special relationship with politicized identity and collective action because of the potentially strong normative fit between moral convictions and the action-oriented content of politicized identities. Expand
Can moral convictions motivate the advantaged to challenge social inequality?
This article examines whether and how moral convictions, defined as strong and absolute stances on moralized issues, motivate advantaged group members to challenge social inequality. Specifically, weExpand
Moral Conviction and Political Engagement
The 2004 presidential election led to considerable discussion about whether moral values motivated people to vote, and if so, whether it led to a conservative electoral advantage. The results of twoExpand
What Dilemma? Moral Evaluation Shapes Factual Belief
Moral dilemmas — like the “trolley problem” or real world examples like capital punishment — result from a conflict between consequentialist and deontological intuitions (i.e., whether ends justifyExpand
Moral conviction: another contributor to attitude strength or something more?
TLDR
Results supported the moral mandate hypothesis: Stronger moral conviction led to greater preferred social and physical distance from attitudinally dissimilar others, and a greater inability to generate procedural solutions to resolve disagreements. Expand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...