Understanding Peace and Conflict Through Social Identity Theory: Contemporary Global Perspectives

Understanding Peace and Conflict Through Social Identity Theory: Contemporary Global Perspectives

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This volume brings together perspectives on social identity and peace psychology to explore the role that categorization plays in both conflict and peace-building. To do so, it draws leading scholars from across the world in a comprehensive exploration of social identity theory and its application to some of the world’s most pressing problems, such as intrastate conflict,
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319298672
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 06/18/2016
Series: Peace Psychology Book Series
Edition description: 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 387
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Shelley McKeown Jones is lecturer in the psychology of education at the University of Bristol. She teaches social psychology and research methods on the MSc Psychology of Education programme. Her research focuses on how social psychological theories, such as intergroup contact theory and social identity theory, can be used to understand and improve intergroup relations. Shelley has published a number of journal articles and a book on identity, segregation and peacebuilding in Northern

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 Contents

Social 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 Roscini

5. 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 Foster

12. 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 Cyprus

Charis 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 Chile

Anja 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

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