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Social Capital and National Identity in Iran: The Case of Tehran Citizens

posted Feb 19, 2019, 2:10 AM by Sara Topciu   [ updated Feb 19, 2019, 2:15 AM ]

Ali Baghaei Sarabi1 & Mahdieh Ghiaskhani

Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 8, Issue: 2, Online First.
Date: December 2017
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

Abstract: The article explores the relationship between social capital and national identity in Iran. It considers national identity
as an important factor in social cohesion and efficiency of social planning of all multi-cultural societies. In this study,
we used the survey method. The research population consisted of the people of older than 18 years who live in Tehran.
The sample size included 385 subjects, who were selected by multistage cluster sampling. The results indicated that those
who more social capital also higher levels of national identity. As a supplementary result, we can say that the three
subscales of social capital, i.e. participation, trust, and cooperation, significantly explain the changes in national
identity. Among the three subscales, cooperation, partnership, and trust have the largest impact on increasing the levels
of national identity, respectively.

Keywords: Social Capital; National Identity; Participation; Trust; Cooperation.
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