Doing democracy: The social psychological mobilization and consequences of collective action

Thomas E.F. and Louis W.R. (2013) Doing democracy: The social psychological mobilization and consequences of collective action. Social Issues and Policy Review, 7 1: 173-200. doi:10.1111/j.1751-2409.2012.01047.x


Author Thomas E.F.
Louis W.R.
Title Doing democracy: The social psychological mobilization and consequences of collective action
Journal name Social Issues and Policy Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1751-2395
1751-2409
Publication date 2013-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1751-2409.2012.01047.x
Volume 7
Issue 1
Start page 173
End page 200
Total pages 28
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 3301 Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
3312 Sociology and Political Science
3207 Social Psychology
3202 Applied Psychology
Abstract Participating in collective actions, or acts of social protest, is one of the primary means that citizens have of participating in democracy and seeking social change. In this article, we outline the ways in which: social identity provides a psychological foundation for collective actions; social norms shape the mobilization and particular direction (disruptive vs. conventional) of that protest; and participating in collective actions is psychologically consequential and sociopolitically complex. We use this platform to put forward a series of practical implications for activists, social movement and nongovernmental groups, and authorities, who seek to mobilize consequential collective action. We conclude that collective action is a fundamental tool in the battle for social equality and justice. To better understand, and engage with this phenomenon, policy makers and practitioners need to attend to its origins in collective, group-based psychology.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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