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Exploring the Influence of the 2016 Presidential Election on Social Identity in Liberal Arts College Students

by Dinkin, Leslie Nicole

Abstract

Throughout the 2016 presidential election, our new president, Donald Trump, attacked every social group, but his own. I hypothesized this type of pointed rhetoric would influence individuals’ self assurance. Through an anonymous questionnaire, I found that four in five Colorado College students indeed shifted in how they self-identify pre- and post-election. Despite students’ fear, disillusionment and outrage resulting from Trump’s attacks, however, several students still managed to find power within their more marginalized identities. Given the tumultuous nature of the election, my study is indicative of a broader national movement in terms of how college student’s responded to the election

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:27649
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
85 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Department/Program
Anthropology
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2017-05