Toward a new and better understanding of empowerment and politicization: The psychological consequences of participating in collective action


Whereas a large literature traditionally focuses on predicting collective action to achieve social change (e.g., strikes, demonstrations, petitions), we propose the very first experimental research on its potential psychological consequences. This is important because this research has the unique potential to discover how undertaking collective action activates psychological processes that increase the likelihood of social change (e.g., emancipation, equalization). Moving beyond existing models, three sets of studies unravel how ?action changes actors? through a novel and integrative focus on empowerment and politicization. A better understanding of these psychological processes greatly improves our ability to predict, explain, and achieve social change.



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Wetenschappelijk artikel

  • M van Zomeren, F. M. Turner-Zwinkels, T Postmes(2015): Politicization during the 2012 US presidential elections: Bridging the personal and the political through an identity content approach. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin pp. 433 - 444
  • T Postmes, F. M. Turner-Zwinkels, M van Zomeren(2016): Achieving Harmony among Different Social Identities within the Self-Concept: The Consequences of Internalising a Group-Based Philosophy of Life. PLoS ONE pp. na - na





Dr. M. van Zomeren

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Mw. F.M. Turner MSc


01/09/2011 tot 09/08/2016