During the 2010 Winter Olympics, the cheering, chanting, and celebrating of all things red and white is set to full blast. But why does nationalism make us feel good?
In an article in this week’s Vancouver Sun, assistant professor Jessica Moss explains that a person’s country is a vital part of one’s identity and the Olympics are the “ultimate opportunity to bring it out.” Laura Moss, director of UBC’s International Canadian Studies Centre adds, “The Games have brought about a resurgence of ‘strategic nationalism’ – the reappearance of cultural nationalism in Canada over the past few years.”
However, UBC professor and psychologist Jessica Tracy isn’t surprised by displays of patriotism. In the Province, Tracy says she doesn’t think that Olympic spirit overrides national pride and bonding with others. “All the stuff we’re seeing is a representation of the collective identity and collective pride,” she added.
Yet despite the long line-ups for an Olympic venue to a washroom at a Starbucks, no one seems to be in a bad mood during the Olympic Games.
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