Explaining effervescence: Investigating the relationship between shared social identity and positive experience in crowds

Hopkins, N, Reicher, SD, Khan, SS, Tewari, S, Srinivasan, N and Stevenson, C ORCID: 0000-0002-2438-6425, 2016. Explaining effervescence: Investigating the relationship between shared social identity and positive experience in crowds. Cognition and Emotion, 30 (1), pp. 20-32. ISSN 0269-9931

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Abstract

We investigated the intensely positive emotional experiences arising from participation in a large-scale collective event. We predicted such experiences arise when those attending a collective event are (1) able to enact their valued collective identity and (2) experience close relations with other participants. In turn, we predicted both of these to be more likely when participants perceived crowd members to share a common collective identity. We investigated these predictions in a survey of pilgrims (N = 416) attending a month-long Hindu pilgrimage festival in north India. We found participants’ perceptions of a shared identity amongst crowd members had an indirect effect on their positive experience at the event through (1) increasing participants’ sense that they were able to enact their collective identity and (2) increasing the sense of intimacy with other crowd members. We discuss the implications of these data for how crowd emotion should be conceptualised.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Cognition and Emotion
Creators: Hopkins, N., Reicher, S.D., Khan, S.S., Tewari, S., Srinivasan, N. and Stevenson, C.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2016
Volume: 30
Number: 1
ISSN: 0269-9931
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/02699931.2015.1015969DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 23 Jan 2017 15:39
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:11
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29935

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