The Psychology of Collective Action

Lauren E. Duncan

in The Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398991
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Psychology of Collective Action

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Personality and social psychology research on motivation for collective action is reviewed and integrated into a model presented in Figure 31.1. The personality work effectively identifies correlates of collective action without necessarily providing explanations of motivation. The social psychological work provides convincing motives for collective action but downplays individual difference variables. The integration of these two traditions addresses these gaps and allows for a deeper, more complex understanding of the phenomenological experience of the development of group consciousness and links to collective action. Promising areas for potential future research are discussed.

Keywords: activism; collective action; group consciousness; politicized collective identity; relative deprivation; stratum consciousness; nigrescence; personality; motivation; feminism

Article.  15857 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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