The Significance of Linked Fate for Women: A Data-Driven Learning Guide
Goal & Concept
The goal of this exercise is to explore whether the concept of linked fate applies to women and if so, how it influences attitudes toward women and issues that affect them. Frequencies, crosstabulation, and comparison of means will be used.
Linked fate is a concept traditionally used to describe when members of an identity group (African Americans, for example) elevate group interests above their own individual interests. Coming from a shared history of segregation, prejudice and discrimination, the sense of linked fate influences African Americans' political thinking and action, and places it in direct opposition to the American sense of individualism. Under individualism, success is caused by one's own efforts and is not dependent on the success of others. By contrast, the concept of linked fate posits that what is good for the group is good for the individual.
The concept of linked fate has important implications for identity, as well as vote choice and support for public policy.
While the concept of linked fate is usually applied primarily to blacks, researchers have been exploring whether it can be extended to other racial/ethnic groups, as well as women.
Possible research questions about linked fate include:
- How does the sense of linked fate vary among different racial/ethnic groups?
- Is the concept of linked fate applicable to women, and if so, how does it differ from blacks' understanding of linked fate?
- How do demographic characteristics such as age or education influence one's sense of linked fate?
- How does having a sense of linked fate influence one's vote choices and support for public policy?
CITATION: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Significance of Linked Fate for Women: A Data-Driven Learning Guide. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-16. Doi:10.3886/linkedfate
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