Pancultural nostalgia: Prototypical conceptions across cultures

Hepper, Erica G. ; Wildschut, Tim ; Sedikides, Constantine ; Ritchie, Timothy D. ; Yung, Yiu-Fai ; Hansen, Nina ; Abakoumkin, Georgios ; Arikan, Gizem ; Cisek, Sylwia Z. ; Demassosso, Didier B. ; Gebauer, Jochen E. ; Gerber, Jonathan P. ; González, Roberto ; Kusumi, Takashi ; Misra, Girishwar ; Rusu, Mihaela ; Ryan, Oisín ; Stephan, Elena ; Vingerhoets, Ad J. J. ; Zhou, Xinyue

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2014
The title of a journal, publication series: Emotion
Volume: 14
Issue number: 4
Page range: 733-747
Place of publication: Washington, DC
Publishing house: American Psychological Assoc.
ISSN: 1528-3542 , 1931-1516
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: Nostalgia is a frequently experienced complex emotion, understood by laypersons in the United Kingdom and United States of America to (a) refer prototypically to fond, self-relevant, social memories and (b) be more pleasant (e.g., happy, warm) than unpleasant (e.g., sad, regretful). This research examined whether people across cultures conceive of nostalgia in the same way. Students in 18 countries across 5 continents (N = 1,704) rated the prototypicality of 35 features of nostalgia. The samples showed high levels of agreement on the rank-order of features. In all countries, participants rated previously identified central (vs. peripheral) features as more prototypical of nostalgia, and showed greater interindividual agreement regarding central (vs. peripheral) features. Cluster analyses revealed subtle variation among groups of countries with respect to the strength of these pancultural patterns. All except African countries manifested the same factor structure of nostalgia features. Additional exemplars generated by participants in an open-ended format did not entail elaboration of the existing set of 35 features. Findings identified key points of cross-cultural agreement regarding conceptions of nostalgia, supporting the notion that nostalgia is a pancultural emotion.

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