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1st Edition

The Social Psychology of Everyday Politics

ISBN 9781315747460
Published November 3, 2016 by Routledge
304 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Social Psychology of Everyday Politics examines the ways in which politics permeates everyday life, from the ordinary interactions we have with others to the sense of belonging and identity developed within social groups and communities. Discrimination, prejudice, inclusion and social change, politics is an on-going process that is not solely the domain of the elected and the powerful.

Using a social and political psychological lens to examine how politics is enacted in contemporary societies, the book takes an explicitly critical approach that places political activity within collective processes rather than individual behaviors. While the studies covered in the book do not ignore the importance of the individual, they underscore the need to examine the role of culture, history, ideology and social context as integral to psychological processes. Individuals act, but they do not act in isolation from the groups and societies in which they belong.

Drawing on extensive international research, with contributions from leaders in the field as well as emerging scholars, the book is divided into three interrelated parts which cover:

  • The politics of intercultural relations
  • Political agency and social change
  • Political discourse and practice

Offering insights into how psychology can be applied to some of the most pressing social issues we face, this will be fascinating reading for students of psychology, political science, sociology and cultural studies, as well as anyone working in the area of public policy.

Table of Contents

Preface: Everyday Politics
Caroline Howarth and Eleni Andreouli

Part 1: The Politics of Intercultural Relations

Chapter 1: Everyday multiculturalism as critical nationalism

Caroline Howarth

Chapter 2: Political leadership and social diversity: The everyday politics of race and gender

Martha Augoustinos, Peta Callaghan, Jasmin Sorrentino and Anna Worth

Chapter 3: Everyday politics, everyday racism: Censure and management of racist talk

Stephen Gibson

Chapter 4: Essence Politics: Identity work and stereotyping in inter-group relations,

Wolfgang Wagner, Maaris Raudsepp, Peter Holtz and Ragini Sen

Chapter 5: The social and political psychology of globalisation and global identities

Ilka Gleibs and Geetha Reddy

Commentary on Part 1: Politics, identities and social representations in multicultural societies

Xenia Chryssochoou

Part 2: Political Agency and Social Change

Chapter 6: Citizenship and social psychology: an analysis of constructions of Greek citizenship

Eleni Andreouli, Irini Kadianaki and Maria Xenitidou

Chapter 7: Identity, Emotion and Mobilisation

Stephen Reicher and Yashpal Jogdand

Chapter 8: Resistance and transformation in postcolonial contexts

Shose Kessi and Floretta Boonzaier

Chapter 9: Everyday reconciliation

Sandra Obradovic and Caroline Howarth

Chapter 10: Climate change activism between weak and strong environmentalism: advocating social change with moderate argumentation strategies?

Paula Castro, Mehemet Uzelgun and Raquel Bertoldo

Commentary on Part 2: Culture, narrative and the everyday dynamics of identity

Helen Haste

Part 3: Political discourse and practice

Chapter 11: The precariat, everyday life and objects of despair

Darrin Hodgetts, Shiloh Groot, Emily Garden and Kerry Chamberlain

Chapter 12: Public Opinion and the problem of information

Susan Condor

Chapter 13: Everyday politics and the extreme right: Lay explanations of the electoral

performance of the neo-Nazi political party ‘Golden Dawn’ in Greece

Lia Figgou

Chapter 14: Political beliefs and political behaviour

Isabelle Goncalves-Portelinha, Christian Staerklé and Guy Elcheroth

Chapter 15: Social Policy in everyday contexts

Jenevieve Mannell

Commentary on Part 3: Political discourse and practice

Michelle Fine

Conclusion: The social psychology of everyday politics: Beyond binaries and


Paul Nesbitt-Larking

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Caroline Howarth is Associate Professor in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, UK.

Eleni Andreouli is Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the Open University, UK.


"The Social Psychology of Everyday Politics is a must for the student and academic bookshelf. With a grounded, perspicuous and engaging style, Caroline Howarth and Eleni Andreouli have gathered together a truly impressive collection of essays by prominent social psychological and political scholars that unravel the significance and power of the politics that permeate our everyday lives." Gail Moloney, Southern Cross University, Australia