Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

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Publication Date

Fall 11-29-2023

Faculty Advisor(s)

Ann Gordon


A striking rise in American Nationalism has emerged due to varying factors; however, a particular selection of identities have acted as primary contributors to this phenomenon. This piece navigates the increasing application of violence in the political arena in tandem with the impacts of racial, socioeconomic, and social factors that have fueled this collective aggression. Previous research points toward the hyperpolarization that has been perpetuated by political figures and media outlets, the augmentation of a psychological us-vs.-them mentality, and the perceived threat to American hegemony across the globe. Through an analysis of data provided by the 9th edition of the Chapman University Survey on American Fears in addition to a selection of the 6th edition, this phenomenon is dissected further. Extracting the responses to a given respondent’s partisan affiliation and their individual consensus regarding the use of force to restore political power, this piece amplifies the present beliefs of scholars, adding the significance of recent resurgences in violent movements and extremist political groups. Upon examination of current data, it is proposed that while religious and social factors intersect uniquely to contribute toward the presence of violent patriotism, the most prominent factor is the growing belief of white supremacy and the perceived threat that marginalized groups pose to their ideal nation.


Presented at the Fall 2023 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.

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