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
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
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
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
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
Chapter 13: Everyday politics and the extreme right: Lay explanations of the electoral
performance of the neo-Nazi political party ‘Golden Dawn’ in Greece
Chapter 14: Political beliefs and political behaviour
Isabelle Goncalves-Portelinha, Christian Staerklé and Guy Elcheroth
Chapter 15: Social Policy in everyday contexts
Commentary on Part 3: Political discourse and practice
Conclusion: The social psychology of everyday politics: Beyond binaries and
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.