International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

11F Minorities and majorities: multiple psychologies?

(Session Organizer) Anca Minescu, University of Limerick; (Presenter) Bernd Simon, University of Kiel; (Presenter) Shana Levin, Claremont McKenna College; (Presenter) Jac

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: University of Limerick
Research Area: Social inequality and social change

We confront the idea that some psychological theories target mainly the attitudes of majorities, while others focus on minorities, and bring into question the relative rarity of studies taking a multiple group perspective. Does group position in terms of size, status or power impact the relational dynamics between group members in a way that is irreconcilable at a meta-theoretical level? Can we and should we strive for convergence in the psychology of majority-minority relationships, and if so, at what level: individual motivations or world-views, social representations, feelings of group entitlement and justice, processes of identification, cohesion and mobilization, or the superordinate level of societal inclusion? What are the theoretical and methodological challenges of conducting psychological research from a multiple group perspective? Can we account for the moderating effects of group position on intergroup attitudes within one theoretical framework? What is similar across groups and what is specific to the prism of each group's position, when it comes to intergroup processes?