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    CPSA Students Caucus Meeting








    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Workshop: The Official Languages Act at 50
    Le 50e anniversaire de la Loi sur les langues officielles








    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Reception: Department of Political Science
    University of British Columbia








    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Canadian Political Science Association
    2019 Annual Conference Programme

    ALL SIDES OF THINGS:
    SPEAKING TRUTH TO PEOPLE

    Hosted at the University of British Columbia
    Tuesday, June 4 to Thursday, June 6, 2019
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    Presidential Address:
    François Rocher, CPSA President

    Life and Death of an Issue:
    Canadian Political Science and
    Quebec Politics

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 05:00pm to 06:00pm
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    Keynote: UBCIC Grand
    Chief Stewart Phillip

    Asserting Indigenous
    Title and Rights in 2019

    Location: CIRS 1250
    June 04, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Wendy Brown
    In the Ruins of Neoliberalism:
    Our Predicaments:
    the Rise of Anti-democratic
    Politics in the West

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 02:00pm to 03:30pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Roland Paris
    Canada Alone?
    Surviving in a Meaner World

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm

Political Behaviour/Sociology



F08 - Identity Politics and Public Opinion

Date: Jun 5 | Time: 08:45am to 10:15am | Location: SWING 107

Chair/Président/Présidente : Patrick Fournier (Université de Montréal)

Discussant/Commentateur/Commentatrice : John McAndrews (University of Toronto)

Talking Across Boundaries: Intergroup Disagreement and Outgroup Attitudes: Edana Beauvais (McGill University), Dietlind Stolle (McGill University)
Abstract: Policy disputes often overlap with salient social identities. Does hearing counterarguments to a policy position from an out-group member worsen people's attitudes toward the out-group? Can a communication style that induces empathy prevent this backlash of negative out-group evaluations? We use a survey experiment to identify how exposing respondents to a counterargument from either a White or Indigenous speaker impacts racial attitudes. In our study, a representative sample of Canadians are asked their opinion about a controversial policy to build a pipeline, a federal project that has support and opposition from different Indigenous groups. Regardless of respondents' policy preferences, they are randomly assigned to watch a video depicting a counterargument to their position from either an Indigenous or White speaker. Half receive the counterargument in a rational argumentation communication style, which is more closely associated with Western legal and political debate (Young 2000). The other half of respondents receive the counterargument in a narrative perspective-taking communication style, more closely associated with Indigenous storytelling (Stark 2013). We hypothesize that rational argumentation communication style elicits a backlash and worsens racial attitudes, while a narrative perspective-taking style suppresses this backlash by developing relational understanding and eliciting empathy. One of our aims is to show that taking Indigenous practices seriously offers lessons for improving intergroup attitudes and deepening democracy.


The Psychology of Sexists: Gender, Defensive Self-esteem, and its Consequences for Politics: Jordan Mansell (Université du Québec à Montréal), Tania Gosselin (Université du Québec à Montréal), Allison Harell (Université du Québec à Montréal), Melanee Thomas (University of Calgary)
Abstract: Political scientists are becoming increasingly interested in psychological traits as predictors of political attitudes. In this study, we investigate the psychological traits associated with prejudicial attitudes towards women. Previous research on personality traits and social conditions associated with prejudicial attitudes towards women suggests that sexist individuals may possess a condition known as defensive self-esteem (Jordan et al., 2003). Defensive self-esteem is a psychological condition in which individuals claim to possess a high level of explicit self-esteem, but whose implicit esteem is low, or unstable. Defensive self-esteem is commonly associated with individuals with egocentric or narcissistic personalities, personalities marked by tendencies towards angry, aggressive, childish, or dismissive behaviors towards others in response to correction, criticism, or failure. We theorize that sexist attitudes towards women may be a consequence of an ego protection mechanism aimed at avoiding the downgrading of one’s self-esteem in individuals with low or unstable self-esteem. Using a sample of (n=800) participants we test this hypothesis using a novel experiment in which we threaten an individual’s self-esteem by providing them with negative feedback about their performance on a competitive behavior task after which we assess their levels of sexist attitudes. We hypothesize that men with high explicit, but low implicit, self-esteem will show a disproportionate increase in sexist attitudes in response to negative feedback about their performance, especially when the feedback compares them negatively to women. We do not expect that negative feedback will impact women’s sexist attitudes but hypothesize that it may decrease their political efficacy and ambition.