Nice and nasty: The formation of prosocial and hostile social movements

Thomas, Emma, Smith, Laura, McGarty, Craig and Postmes, Tom (2010) Nice and nasty: The formation of prosocial and hostile social movements. Revue International de Psychologie Sociale, 23 2-3: 17-55.

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Author Thomas, Emma
Smith, Laura
McGarty, Craig
Postmes, Tom
Title Nice and nasty: The formation of prosocial and hostile social movements
Journal name Revue International de Psychologie Sociale   Check publisher's open access policy
Translated journal name International Review of Social Psychology
Language of Journal Name fre
ISSN 0992-986X
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 23
Issue 2-3
Start page 17
End page 55
Total pages 39
Place of publication Grenoble, France
Publisher Presses Universitaires de Grenoble
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract While existing research recognizes the central importance of social identities in motivating participation in social movements, much less is known about the creation of such groups. In this paper we take a social identity perspective and consider the ways that both "nice" (prosocial) and "nasty" (hostile) social movements can be mobilized through the dynamic construction of social identities. We argue that group interaction plays a key role as the medium through which social movements actively construct and negotiate the content of the group membership. This intra-group interaction can result in consensual norms for social action. We argue that by harnessing the power of this identity formation process, one can practically utilize collectives as instruments for positive social change. Conversely, awareness of these processes can also be used to subvert the formation of hostile movements. We thus use our theoretical platform as a basis for suggested interventions.
Keyword Collective action
Social movement
Social identity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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