At Ron Guhname’s Inductivist blog, he looks at whether religious people value their ethnicity more than the non-religious or secular. He includes various ethnic groups in examining the question.
People were asked how important their ethnicity was to them, with (1) being ” unimportant” to (4)”very important.”
Of the non-European ethnicities who were asked, the group with the highest ethnocentrism was American Indians, at 3.50.That’s what I would expect.
The lowest ethnocentrism score in that group being the Jewish people. That one is puzzling, in my opinion.
In the European grouping, the highest score was the Scots, though their score was lower than the non-Europeans’. Not surprising, given how ethnocentrism is falsely labeled ”racism” and criminalized in some places. It will be hard to find many European-descended people who will openly express that they value their ethnicity highly.
The apparent role played by religion in making people more (or less?) ethnocentric isn’t clear. Ron Guhname says that the more religious people have higher scores on the ethnocentrism scale.
The above poll from a few years ago, which is an American study, supports Ron Guhname’s conclusion that religiosity does affect ethnic identity postitively.
So where are the English in the Inductivist poll ? Where do you think? Second from the bottom.
For whatever reason, the English and Welsh were lumped together. It may be that if the two groups were rated separately, the English score would be lower. I think (correct me, someone, if I’m wrong) that the Welsh are more ethnocentric than the English.
Is it possible to restore a healthy ethnocentrism and ethno-loyalty? I suppose only time will tell on that question.