What About Disillusionment? Exploring the Pathways to Black Nationalism

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Political scientists devote little attention to the attitudinal consequences of Blacks' disillusionment with racial progress in America. This oversight undermines our understanding of the antecedents of support for the ideology of Black nationalism. I hypothesize that disillusionment and linked fate interact to influence Black nationalism: the stronger one's disillusionment, the greater her adherence to this ideology, and the weaker the impact of her linked fate on her expression of nationalism. Analyses of the 1993-1994 National Black Politics Study and the 2004-2005 National Politics Study corroborate these expectations, indicating that disillusionment moderates the impact of linked fate on Black nationalism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-51
Number of pages25
JournalPolitical Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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