The psychology of collective action: crowds and change

Drury, John, Reicher, Steve and Stott, Clifford (2012) The psychology of collective action: crowds and change. In: Wagoner, Brady, Jensen, Eric and Oldmeadow, Julian A (eds.) Culture and social change: transforming society through the power of ideas. Advances in Cultural Psychology . Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC, pp. 19-38. ISBN 9781617357589

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Crowd events are sites of both social determination and social-psychological change. On the one hand, the form of crowd behavior is a function of the culturally and historically given norms and values of crowd participants. On the other hand, crowd events can be psychologically and socially transformative: they can change the very culture from which they took their meaning. In this chapter we argue that most models of crowd behavior deny and hence are incapable of explaining either social determination or change. We describe the elaborated social identity model (ESIM) of crowd action, which we suggest has at its core a concept of self or identity adequate to explaining the dynamics of cultural reproduction and change in crowd events.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: John Drury
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2012 10:21
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2019 12:04

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