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The Psychology of Radical Social Change
From Rage to Revolution


Brady Wagoner, Fathali M. Moghaddam, Jaan Valsiner, John Drury, Stephen Reicher, Séamus A. Power, Sierra Campbell, Tania Zittoun, Duncan Wu, Sarah H. Awad, Nikos Bozatzis, Christina Teliou, Roxane de la Sablonnière, Donald M. Taylor, Mathieu Caron-Diotte
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  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108421621

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  • Since 2011 the world has experienced an explosion of popular uprisings that began in the Middle East and quickly spread to other regions. What are the different social-psychological conditions for these events to emerge, what different trajectories do they take, and how are they are represented to the public? To answer these questions, this book applies the latest social psychological theories to contextualized cases of revolutions and uprisings from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century in countries around the world. In so doing, it explores continuities and discontinuities between past and present uprisings, and foregrounds such issues as the crowds, collective action, identity changes, globalization, radicalization, the plasticity of political behaviour, and public communication.

    • Proposes a social psychological approach to revolutions and social change more generally
    • Bridges theoretical models and the analysis of concrete contextualized cases
    • Uses case studies from countries around the world and at different historical periods, allowing for numerous comparisons
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    'How do societies change? And how do they succeed in changing for the better? This volume addresses these critical concerns by analyzing the merits, achievements and failures of revolutions and the role these have played in altering human history. This volume makes required reading for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of the forces that alter our societies in radical ways.' Gordon Sammut, University of Malta

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108421621
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Towards a psychology of revolution Brady Wagoner, Fathali M. Moghaddam and Jaan Valsiner
    Part I. Roots of Revolution:
    2. The conservative crowd? How participation in collective events transforms participants' understandings of collective action John Drury and Stephen Reicher
    3. Economic inequality and the rise of civic discontent: deprivation and remembering in an Irish case study Séamus A. Power
    4. The globalization-revolution paradox: no revolution in capitalist democracies Fathali M. Moghaddam
    5. From the age of the crowd to the global age Brady Wagoner
    Part II. Evolution and Involution in Social Transformations:
    6. Social engineering and its discontents: the case of the Russian Revolution Sierra Campbell and Fathali M. Moghaddam
    7. Political plasticity and revolution: the case of Iran Fathali M. Moghaddam
    8. The Velvet Revolution of land and minds Tania Zittoun
    9. Wordworth's insurgency: living the French Revolution Duncan Wu
    10. Between the guillotine and the Velvet Revolution: what is at stake? Jaan Valsiner
    Part III. Representations of and in Revolution:
    11. Image politics of the Arab Uprisings Sarah H. Awad and Brady Wagoner
    12. Constructing cultural pathology: the December 2008 upheaval in the Greek press Nikos Bozatzis and Christina Teliou
    13. Restoring cultural identity clarity in times of revolution: the role of historical narratives Roxane de la Sablonnière, Donald M. Taylor and Mathieu Caron-Diotte
    14. The shark and the octopus: two revolutionary styles Fathali M. Moghaddam.

  • Editors

    Brady Wagoner, Aalborg University, Denmark
    Brady Wagoner is Professor of Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark, and an associate editor for the journals Culture & Psychology and Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

    Fathali M. Moghaddam, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Fathalo M. Moghaddam is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He is the editor-in-chief of Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

    Jaan Valsiner, Aalborg University, Denmark
    Jaan Valsiner is Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is the founding editor (1995) of Culture & Psychology and editor-in-chief (from 2007) of Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Sciences.


    Brady Wagoner, Fathali M. Moghaddam, Jaan Valsiner, John Drury, Stephen Reicher, Séamus A. Power, Sierra Campbell, Tania Zittoun, Duncan Wu, Sarah H. Awad, Nikos Bozatzis, Christina Teliou, Roxane de la Sablonnière, Donald M. Taylor, Mathieu Caron-Diotte

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