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Palgrave Macmillan

Social Psychology of Social Problems

The Intergroup Context

ISBN 9780230284753
Publication Date November 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Why do we protest? What compels us to participate in crowd violence? Can gender discrimination in the workplace be explained in psychological terms?
From terrorist attacks to political uprisings, the social problems that have shaped the beginning of the new millenium can be explained using the theories and application of social psychology. Social Psychology of Social Problems does just that, with top international experts examining real-life issues. The book takes the view that if a problem and its origins can be understood, then perhaps it can be prevented from happening again.
Social Psychology of Social Problems is required reading for students and practitioners of psychology, social policy and international relations. Provocative and challenging, it will be an essential resource for those who are seeking a deeper understanding of how social psychology can explain our complex world.

Agnieszka Golec de Zavala is Marie Curie Fellow at the Social Intervention and Research Centre at the Lisbon University Institute, Portugal. She has previously worked at Middlesex University, UK, and has published over 20 papers in academic journals. Her research interests include predictors of inter-group hostility, prejudice and inter-group conflict.

Aleksandra Cichocka is a doctoral student at the Center for Research on Prejudice at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Poland. Her research interests include group identity, inter-group relations and political ideology.

Applied Social Psychology; A.Golec de Zavala and A.Cichocka
Negative Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination; J.C.Cohrs and T.Kessler
The Social Context of Racism; C.M.Federico
Antecedents and Manifestations of Sexism; J.Pietrzak
Towards an Understanding of Immigration as a Defining Feature of the 21st Century; L.Hamilton, S.Medianu and V.M.Esses
The Corrupting Power of Social Inequality: Social-psychological Consequences, Causes and Solutions; R.Sutton, A.Cichocka and J.van der Toorn
Social Conflict and Social Protest; J.van Stekelenburg and B.Klandermans
Obedience and Tyranny in Psychology and History; S.Reicher and A.Haslam
Extreme Forms of In-group Positivity and Their Negative Consequences for Intergroup Relations; A.Golec de Zavala and R.Schatz
Intractable Conflicts: Why Society Members Tend to Support Their Continuation and Resist Their Peaceful Resolution; D.Bar-Tal, E.Halperin, R.Porat and R.Nets-Zehngut
Evil Transformations: Social Psychological Processes Underlying Genocide and Mass Killing; M.Bilewicz and J.R.Vollhardt
The Social Psychology of Terrorism: Individual, Group and Organizational Processes; K.Sharvit and A.Kruglanski
Applying Social Psychology to Understanding Social Problems; R.Ruiter, K.Massar, M.van Vugt and G.Kok


"This is social psychology at its best – basic and applied research on stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination contributing up-to-date knowledge necessary to solve such societal problems as inequality and injustice, political participation and disengagement, intergroup conflict and violence, extremism and terrorism." – Professor Bogdan Wojciszke, Polish Academy of Science, Poland
"This book explores important social issues from a social psychology point of view. It has a highly applied edge to it where theory is linked to real events and discussed, by recognised scholars, in the context of relevant classic and current empirical literature. This is definitely a useful and much-needed addition to the current literature." – Dr Magdalena Zawisza, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Winchester, UK
"This is a clearly written and well-structured book and as such functions well as an introductory text. It also offers a novel approach to subject through concrete case studies of different social problems. The problems are foregrounded such that students see how social psychology might be relevant to the real world." - Dr Brady Wagoner, Aalborg University, Denmark
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