Fine feathers make fine birds: a comparative study of the impact of material wealth on perceived identities in England and Italy

Dittmar, Helga, Mannetti, Lucia and Semin, Gün R (1989) Fine feathers make fine birds: a comparative study of the impact of material wealth on perceived identities in England and Italy. Social Behaviour, 4 (3). pp. 195-200. ISSN 0885-6249

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Abstract

Two studies examined the impact of material wealth on perceived identity. 240 undergraduates in the UK and Italy evaluated a description of a target person in terms of 26 adjectives/short statements and answered questions about their belief in the impressionability of themselves and others. For British Ss, symbolic identity was strongly affected by material wealth. However, material possessions did not lead to any differences in the identity ascribed by Italians. Implications of the materialism–idealism paradox for people's beliefs about the relationship between identity and possessions are considered.

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Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
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URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/66608
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