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.
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.
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 Staerkle 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 Banality Paul Nesbitt-Larking