Research Dissemination Forum on The Bangsamoro Social Identity


September 14, 2015


In commemoration of September as National Peace Consciousness Month
and the fifty-fith anniversary of the IPC

the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC), School of Social Sciences (SoSS)

and the

SoSS Research Cluster on Peace, Social Justice, and Democratic Governance

are pleased to invite you to a

Research Dissemination Forum


The Bangsamoro Social Identity


Ma. Elizabeth J. Macapagal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Cristina J. Montiel, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology

Jose Jowel P. Canuday, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Merit Research Awardees, Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC)
School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University

Friday, 18 September 2015
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Case Study Room
Ground Floor, Social Sciences Building
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City

About the Forum

In this research forum, two papers will be presented. The first paper is on The Unifying and Divisive Effects of Social Identities: The Case of Bangsamoro Identity in Muslim Mindanao. The history of peacemaking seems to assume a common identity for Muslims and does not seem to recognize the underlying political and tribal contours in Muslim Mindanao. The present study looks into the possible unifying and divisive effects of ethnopolitical and religious social identities, and an emerging superordinate Bangsamoro identity of Muslims in Mindanao. We sampled 394 Muslims from the Tausug, Maranao, and Maguindanaoan ethnic tribes in Jolo, Marawi, and Cotabato. The findings suggest that tribal contours exist in the perception of a superordinate Bangsamoro identity. However, religious identity may be a unifying element in the conflict-ridden context of Mindanao. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications of these results for peacebuilding in Mindanao.

The second paper is on The Collective and Social Identities in Philippine Peacebuilding: Does a Superordinate Bangsamoro Social Identity Mediate the Effects of Collective Ethnic Identity? We distinguish between collective and social identity. We further expound on collective ethnic identities of the Islamized ethnic groups, and the notion of a superordinate Bangsamoro social identity that includes both Tausugs and Maguindanaoans. We likewise examine how collective and social identities can be linked with a peacebuilding variable, namely support for the Bangsamoro Basic Law. We collected our survey data from Cotabato and Jolo. Our significant mediation results show that psychological orientations can mediate how one’s sociological classification impacts on peacebuilding. Fixed ethnic identities can fracture a united Moro front towards peacebuilding in Mindanao. However, the influence of collective identities on one’s support for the BBL are diluted by one’s dynamic psychological identification with the Bangsamoro. In comparison to collective ethnic identity, it is this superordinate identification that more strongly shapes support for the BBL.

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