US Capitol storming : The effects of rituals on the perception of prestige and dominance of pro-group aggressors



Year of publication 2021
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description On Jan 6, 2021, a mob of Donald J. Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building, trying to disrupt the transfer of power to President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. During the storming, one of the invaders—Ashli E. Babbitt—was fatally shot by a Capitol police officer. While various studies suggest that religious worldviews mold and divide American political identities, not much is known about the effects of religious predictors on the perception of prestige and dominance of individuals who are willing to act aggressively for the good of their group, hypothetically becoming more prestigious due to their high level of displayed parochial altruism. We studied whether group affiliation, ritual attendance, costly taboos, and the perception of God as punitive and benevolent influence how Americans perceive prestige and dominance of the officer and A. E. Babbitt. Our findings suggest a complex picture showing, among other things, that ritual attendance predicts the prestige of both actors.
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