Junior Scholars Blog
Topic: Political psychology is an intriguing field that draws on the interrelationship between psychological and political processes to analyze the attitudes, norms, values, identities and behavior of individuals within a specific political and social system. Political psychology provides sharp insights into contemporary political and social problems, by analyzing, for example, how political grievances are transformed into collective action (e.g. Arab Spring), how individuals and state actors react to terrorism, why right-wing extremist parties attract a large share of (mainly low educated) voters, how political messages affect the decision making and behavior of citizens, and how parents influence the political thinking of their children.
One of the most important challenges for contemporary Western societies is by no doubt the increasing ethnic, cultural and religious diversity and the sociopolitical conflicts on issues such as the integration of minorities and the formation and demarcation of group identities. The social environment can have both integrative and destructive effects on the quality of diversity-induced intergroup relations. On the one hand, diversity enhances economic and cultural competition between groups and can lead to stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. On the other hand, diversity can stimulate contact and interaction opportunities between ethnically, culturally and religiously different groups, which have generally been found to improve intergroup relations.
The study of intergroup relations remains one of the most important tasks for political psychologists as they address fundamental issues such as discrimination, group-based political behavior, voting behavior, prejudiced political socialization, societal well-being, and specific types of political communication.
In this session, we invite papers that study the causes (e.g. segregation, political socialization, civic education, personality traits, political messages and campaigns…) and consequences (both attitudinal and behavioral; e.g., stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination) of diversity and intergroup relations in contemporary Western societies. We also welcome papers that take a comparative quantitative or qualitative approach on this topic (widely defined). The language of the session is English, but papers may also be written in Dutch.
Submission: If you would like to submit a paper proposal, please submit a maximum of one page to the chairs of the workshop before the 1th of March 2014.
More Information: http://politicologenetmaal.nl/