uprising in the middle east, the refugee crisis, global warming, racism and peace building. A crucial theme of the volume is that social identity theory affects all of us, no matter whether we are currently in a state of conflict or one further along in the peace process.
The volume is organized into two sections. Section 1 focuses on the development of social identity theory. Grounded in the pioneering work of Dr. Henri Tajfel, section 1 provides the reader with a historical background of the theory, as well as its current developments. Then, section 2 brings together a series of country case studies focusing on issues of identity across five continents. This section enables cross-cultural comparisons in terms of methodology and findings, and encourages the reader to identify general applications of identity to the understanding of peace as well as applications that may be more relevant in specific contexts.
Taken together, these two sections provide a contemporary and diverse account of the state of social identity research in conflict situations and peace psychology today.
It is evident that any account of peace requires an intricate understanding of identity both as a cause and consequence of conflict, as well as a potential resource to be harnessed in the promotion and maintenance of peace. Understanding Peace and Conflict Through Social Identity Theory: Contemporary
Global Perspectives aims to help achieve such an understanding and as such is a valuable resource to those studying peace and conflict, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists,
public policy makers, and all those interested in the ways in which social identity impacts our world.
About the Author
Reeshma Haji (PhD. York University) is an assistant professor in psychology at Laurentian University. She teaches courses in social psychology and research design and also supervises undergraduate and graduate research. Her research focuses on intergroup relations of religious groups and minority group identities in diverse societies. Dr. Haji has published journal articles and book chapters that have applied social psychological perspectives to religious identity and interfaith relations.
Neil Ferguson (D.Phil., Ulster, 1998) is Professor of Political Psychology at Liverpool Hope University. His research and writings deal with moral development and a number of topics located within political psychology. Professor Ferguson is currently the President of the MOSAIC - Moral and Social Action Interdisciplinary Colloquium and is a member of the Governing Council for the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP). He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Moral Education and the Journal of Social and Political Psychology and is a trustee of the Journal of Moral Education Trust.
Table of ContentsSocial identity and peace psychology: An Introduction
Reeshma Haji, Shelley McKeown Jones and Neil Ferguson
Section 1 Theoretical and Contemporary Issues.
Part I: History and development of social identity theory
1. Social identity theory
Michael A. Hogg
2. Towards a Clearer Understanding of Social Identity Theory’s Self-Esteem Hypothesis
Sarah E. Martiny and Mark Rubin
3. Between the lines of us and them: Identity threat, anxious uncertainty, and reactive ingroup affirmation – how can antisocial outcomes be prevented?
Adrian Lüders, Eva Jonas, Immo Fritsche and Dimitrij Agroskin
Part II: Social identity as a source of conflict and peace
4. Identity and Acculturation Processes in Multicultural Societies
Sofia Stathi and Claudia Roscini5. Tyranny and leadership
Stephen Reicher, S. Alexander Haslam, Michael Platow and Nik Steffens
6. Crowd behaviour and collective action
Stephen T. La Macchia and Winnifred R. Louis
7. The Role of Social Identity in the Recruitment and Reintegration of Child Soldiers Michael G. Wessells
Part IV: Contemporary issues
8. Symbolic reminders of identity
Rebekah A. Phillips DeZalia and Scott L. Moeschberger
9. Identity and psychological health
Orla T. Muldoon, Robert D. Lowe and Katharina Schmid
10. Global Climate Change: A Social Identity Perspective on Informational and Structural Interventions
Mark A. Ferguson, Rachel I. McDonald and Nyla R. Branscombe
Section 2 Worldwide Perspectives
Part I: Africa
11. Social Identity Theory as a Theory of Change: The Case of South Africa
Ines Meyer, Kevin Durrheim and Don Foster12. Social Identity and Conflict in Northern Uganda
Grace Lapwoch and Kennedy Amone- P’Olak
13. Representations of Social Identities in Rwanda
Sigrun Marie Moss
Part II: Europe
14. Social Identity Theory and Intergroup Conflict in Northern Ireland
Neil Ferguson and Shelley McKeown Jones
15. Social Identity in a divided CyprusCharis Psaltis and Huseyin Cakal
16. Building national identity in newborn Kosovo: Challenges of Integrating National Identity with Ethnic Identity among Kosovar Albanians and Kosovar Serbs
Edona Maloku, Belle Derks, Colette van Laar and Naomi Ellemers
Part III: North and South America
17. Canada, a fertile ground for intergroup relations and social identity theory
Richard N. Lalonde, Jorida Cila and Maya Yampolsky
18. Social identities and conflict in Chile: the role of historical and political processes
Roberto González, Monica M. Gerber and Héctor Carvacho
19. Identity, contact, and health among majority and minority ethnic groups in Mexico and ChileAnja Eller, Huseyin Cakal and David Sirlopu
Part IV: Asia and Australasia
20. Social Identity and Peace in the Modern Middle East: Insights from the United Arab Emirates
Angela T. Maitner and Robert Stewart-Ingersoll
21. Collective and social identities in Philippine peacebuilding: Does a superordinate Bangsamoro social identity mediate the effects of collective ethnic identity? Cristina Jayme Montiel, Ma. Elizabeth J. Macapagal and Jose Jowel Canuday
22. “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi”: Situating and Understanding Social Identities in Australia.Siew Fang Law and Cynthia Mackenzie
Conclusion: The next voyage
Shelley McKeown Jones, Neil Ferguson and Reeshma Haji