Social movements: a social psychological perspective

Drury, John (2015) Social movements: a social psychological perspective. In: Wright, James D (ed.) International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences. Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 447-453. ISBN 9780080970868

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This article analyses the treatment of social psychological issues in the study of social movements. It traces historically the development of theory in the study of social movements, from accounts of ‘societal breakdown’ and ‘collective behavior,’ through resource mobilization theory, and the ‘new social movements’ approach. More recent ‘social constructionist’ approaches to social movements will be outlined, which explicitly foreground the topic of identity and its creation. Finally, there is a discussion of the concept of ‘interaction’ in social movement theories, which in different forms has been understood as the process whereby new identities are created in social movement activity.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Social movements; psychology; crowds; social identity; interaction
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: John Drury
Date Deposited: 08 May 2015 09:16
Last Modified: 08 May 2015 09:16

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