1st Edition

Intergroup Relations The Role of Motivation and Emotion (A Festschrift for Amélie Mummendey)

Edited By Sabine Otten, Kai Sassenberg, Thomas Kessler Copyright 2009
    336 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    336 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    336 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press


    This volume gives a survey of the most recent developments and trends in intergroup research. Diverging from classical approaches that looked at diverse needs and motives (positive distinctiveness, belongingness, etc), the present book focuses not only on the question what motivates intergroup behaviour, but especially on how the motivation of intergroup behaviour functions.

    The book focuses on the role of emotion and motivation in the development of intergroup conflict, social exclusion, tolerance and other group related phenomena. The sections demonstrate how classical theories in the field have been further developed, enriched, and more sophisticatedly tested over the years, and summarise research on affect and memory. They also develop a group based self-regulation approach, examine several specific emotions as motivational forces of intergroup behaviour, and look at factors of intergroup relations that lead to social change.

    The chapters are short and easy-to-comprehend summaries referring to a broad range of original work, providing a useful resource for advanced students of Social Psychology and researchers in the field of intergroup relations.



    Part 1. Classical Approaches to Motivation in Intergroup Relations M.B Brewer, Motivations Underlying Ingroup Identification: Optimal Distinctiveness and Beyond. R. Spears, J. Jetten, D. Scheepers, S. Cihangir, Creative Distinctiveness: Explaining In-group Bias in Minimal Groups. S. Waldzus, The Ingroup Projection Model. M. Wenzel, Social Identity and Justice: Implications for Intergroup Relations. Part 2. Recent Approaches to Motivation and Intergroup Relations M. Machunsky, T. Meiser, Mood and Cognition in Intergroup Judgment. K. Sassenberg, K. Woltin, A Self-Regulation Approach to Group Processes. I. Fritsche, T.W Schubert, Go to Hell! Determinants of Motivated Social Exclusion. Part 3. Emotions and Intergroup Relations V. Yzerbyt, T. Kuppens, Group-based Emotions: The Social Heart in the Individual Head. S. Otten, Social Categorization, Intergroup Emotions and Aggressive Interactions. R. Brown, From Both Sides Now: Perpetrator and Victim Responses to Intergroup Transgressions. J.Leyens, S. Demoulin, Hierarchy-based Groups: Real Inequalities and Essential Differences. Part 4. Motivated Change in Intergroup Relations B. Simon, To Be is To Do is To Be: Collective Identity and Action. T. Kessler, N. Harth, Change in Intergroup Relations: Psychological Processes Accompanying, Determining and Determined by Social Change. S.C.Wright, Cross-group Contact Effects. K. Jonas, Interventions Enhancing Intergroup Tolerance.




    Sabine Otten is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

    Kai Sassenberg is Professor of Psychology at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

    Thomas Kessler is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Exeter , UK.


    "Research on intergroup relations has been dominated until the recent past by a cognitive perspective. Newer developments that emphasize the important role of emotion and motivation have clearly advanced our understanding, and this volume presents a great summary of these newer perspectives. The manuscript will be immediately useful to me as a convenient and authoritative summary of a number of areas in this general literature." -  Eliot Smith, Indiana University

    "I liked this book a lot! I think it has a huge amount to offer in terms of extending SIT/SCT, and offering readers a timely reminder of the influence of Mummendey's work. It is wonderful to see this work brought together into a coherent book." - Jackie Abell, Lancaster University

    "This festschrift is testament to the massive contribution of Amélie Mummendey to the field of social psychology which has defined work in this area for the last thirty years and will continue to define the research agenda for many years to come.  Many of these summaries are the best available in the field." - Alex Haslam, School of Psychology, University of Exeter

    "An outstanding tribute to an outstanding social psychologist. The editors have gathered an impressive group of experts and have succeeded twice. The book offers a clear and lucid overview of state-of-the-art on the role of motivation and emotions in intergroup relations, at the same time as it discusses ‘hot’ research issues that will intrigue scholars in the near future. All in all, a step forward in our understanding of social life that both scholars and students will definitely appreciate."Patrizia Catellani, Catholic University of Milan