Crowds context and identity: dynamic categorization processes in the 'poll tax riot'

Stott, Clifford and Drury, John (2000) Crowds context and identity: dynamic categorization processes in the 'poll tax riot'. Human Relations, 53 (2). 247 - 273. ISSN 00187267

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Abstract

Reicher has recently developed the social identity model of crowd behaviour based on self-categorization theory (SCT). This model begins to tackle the thorny theoretical problems posed by the dynamic nature of crowd action (Reicher, 1996b). The present paper describes an ethnographic study of a crowd event in which there were changes in the inter-group relationships over time. It is suggested that the laboratory evidence in support of SCT is complemented by ethnographic research of this type. By exploring situations in which definitions of context and/or categories are not purposefully manipulated, we can demonstrate the explanatory power of a dynamic and interactive approach to social categorization.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Second Author
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: John Drury
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:32
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2012 15:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13152
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